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- Correlates of psychological well-being at midlife: the role of generativity, agency and communion, and narrative themes
- Grossbaum, Miriam F.; Bates, Glen W.
- This study examined the correlates of well-being at midlife in 49 midlife adults. Self-report measures of generativity, agency and communion, along with relevant themes taken from narratives were considered as predictors of Ryff's multidimensional model of well-being and of life satisfaction. Multiple regressions identified generative concern as a predictor of the six well-being dimensions and of life satisfaction. A separate series of multiple regressions identified narrative themes of contamination, redemption, and affect tone as predictors of four of the well-being dimensions and of life satisfaction. Hierarchical regression analyses controlling for self-report measures showed contamination to be a significant predictor of environmental mastery, personal growth, and life satisfaction. Affect tone was a predictor of self-acceptance and life satisfaction. This pattern of results was not influenced by the inclusion of demographic factors. Overall, the findings indicate the utility of combining narrative data with self-report data in investigating well-being at midlife.
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- Journal article
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- Swinburne University of Technology. School of Social and Behavioural Sciences
- International Journal of Behavioral Development, Vol. 26, no. 2 (2002), pp. 120-127
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- Copyright © 2002 International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development.