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How do Life Events reveal Differences in Well-being: A multiple Case Study with German Midlife Adults

Friedsmann, Laura (2019) How do Life Events reveal Differences in Well-being: A multiple Case Study with German Midlife Adults.

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Abstract:The purpose of this study was to detect variations in life events as reported by middle aged adults. It further aimed to explore whether a link between life events and levels of hedonic and eudaimonic well-being can be detected. Adding insight into the relation of life events and well-being served for improving future interventions on mental health. Literature proposed need satisfaction, emotional tone and redemptive story-telling are associated with hedonic well-being whereas age reveals to be a factor for eudaimonic well-being, likewise as accommodative processing and conflict related events. A mixed method design with quantitative and qualitative measurements was applied. The Life Story Interview, Satisfaction with Life Scale, Positive Affect & Negative Affect Scale and Meaning in Life Scale were used to assess life events and well-being states. ​A link was found between moderate to high levels of hedonic and eudaimonic well-being and a variety of life events namely, childhood, school, studies, occupation, partnership, parent role, life project, loss and future. Both kind of events, positive and negative, manifested as important events for well-being. To the most prevalent events counted life projects, childhood and experiences of loss. The research gave insight into relevant life events present in people's live possessing a moderate to high hedonic well-being. A plurality of events could be assessed with the applied methods and thus, provide insight in the context of life events and well-being. Above all, the study indicated a connection between experiencing negative events and high eudaimonic well-being.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
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