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Character strengths, strength use and subjective wellbeing in young adults

Bechler, L.D. (2020) Character strengths, strength use and subjective wellbeing in young adults.

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Abstract:The aim of this study was to investigate in how far individuals high in the happiness strengths have a much better prospect of being happy, in the context of strength use. This study examined the cross-sectional relationship between character strengths, in particular that of hope, zest, love, gratitude and curiosity, strength use and wellbeing among a sample of 141 young adults (aged 18-25) who completed an online survey. Results showed that the happiness strengths indicate the strongest relations to life satisfaction of all character strengths. Hope, love, zest, and gratitude displayed the strongest positive relations to positive affect. Hope, zest, gratitude, and curiosity indicated the strongest positive relations to strength use and strength use, in turn, was significantly associated to wellbeing. Mediation analyses revealed strength use as mediator between the happiness strengths and positive affect and love, zest, gratitude and curiosity and life satisfaction. Although the findings are merely correlational, they suggest that the happiness strengths might have stronger relations to wellbeing as they also indicate the strongest relations to strength use. Future research should explore this relationship with a longitudinal research design in order to make stronger statements about the relationship between the happiness strengths.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/81816
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