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The structure of the eudaimonic approach in wellbeing

Gantzer, Paul (2014) The structure of the eudaimonic approach in wellbeing.

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Abstract:Wellbeing attracts more and more attention in scientific research the last decades due to the advantages for society and health. It still is a relatively new and unexplored field in research. Contemporary scientific insights divide wellbeing into two major approaches: hedonic and eudaimonic. Social- and psychological wellbeing are the two pillars of the eudaimonic approach, which are in the main focus of this study. These constructs are related to each other and overlap to a certain degree. Until now, there is no insight in the causal connectivity of these substructures. The present study investigates the causal relations between the constructs social- and psychological wellbeing. 1662 participants have answered the MHC-SF questionnaire measuring the two constructs by 11 items. The MHC-SF was measured at four different time points over a period of nine month to enhance explanatory power. The four different moments of measurement enabled the usage of cross-lagged panel analysis. Results show a strong connection between social and psychological wellbeing. The results further lead to the assumption of an interdependent relation between the two constructs over time. Concluding the results of the present study and comparing them with the existing results, manifests that the two pillars of wellbeing are influencing each other in a great extent. Changes in one pillar of wellbeing will cause similar changes in the other.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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