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Sociale relaties in definities van geluk, doelen, betekenisvolle dingen en gelukkige situaties

Kappel, Taleke (2015) Sociale relaties in definities van geluk, doelen, betekenisvolle dingen en gelukkige situaties.

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Abstract:Background: This study is part of an international study and tries to find out which social relations in definitions of happiness, future goals, meaningful things and in situations with a great feeling of happiness are mentioned most. Method: There were 260 Dutch participants between 30 and 60 years of age. The Eudaimonic Hedonic Happiness Inventory (EHHI questionnaire), which contains open questions about happiness and well-being, was used. An international coding system was translated into Dutch and used for the analysis. Results: 38,14% of all coded answers related to social relations, 25,24% to family relations, 10,96% to interpersonal relations and 1,94% to the relation to the higher community/ society. In total, the answer Family in general; to have a family was mentioned most often. Most of the answers that related to social relations fell into the subdomain intrinsic value/ meaning. Social relations in general and also answers from the family-domain were mentioned most often at the EHHI subparts situations with a great feeling of happiness and at the meaningful things in life. The domain interpersonal relations was mentioned most often at the definitions of happiness and the domain higher community/ society was only rarely mentioned, independent of the question. Conclusion/ Discussion: Social relations seem to play a prominent role in people’s happiness and well-being. Especially family relations seem to be important here, which seem to have an intrinsic value, they go together with happy situations and give meaning to one’s life. Further research is needed to find out in which way social relations and happiness relate to each other and which factors play a role at it.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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