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The Effect of Grit on Orientation to Well-Being, Well-Being and their relationship.

Spoeskes, J. (2018) The Effect of Grit on Orientation to Well-Being, Well-Being and their relationship.

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Abstract:In a cross-sectional study, we explored the correlates of character strength of grit, defined as perseverance of effort and consistency of interest for long-term goals, with routes towards well-being, and well-being. Specifically, we examined how grit relates to distinct routes to pursue meaning in activities, serving self-realization and greater altruistic purpose; pleasure in immediately rewarding positive activities; and engagement in attention-absorbing activities. Furthermore, moderation analysis should reveal if grit moderates the relationships between routes towards well-being and well-being. The results should give a more nuanced understanding of the relationships of the presented concepts and inform future interventions aimed at increasing grit. Data was gathered through convenience sampling with a total number of 395 participants. The results illustrate that grit, all routes towards well-being, and well-being are positively correlated. Grit was found to be a significant moderator of the relationship between engagement and well-being. Therefore, individuals who pursue engagement benefit from higher levels of grit and reach greater well-being. An inverse effect was found for individuals who seek pleasure: higher levels of grit were shown to decrease general well-being. Collectively, findings indicate that grit contributes to improvements in well-being. Future interventions aimed at developing grittiness, should, however, target individuals who pursue engagement rather than pleasure or meaning.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
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