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Adolescents’ psychological well-being and memory for life events: Influences on life satisfaction with respect to temperamental dispositions
Department of Psychology, Karlstad University, Karlstad, Sweden .
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Växjö University, Växjö, Sweden.
2009 (English)In: Journal of Happiness Studies, ISSN 1389-4978, E-ISSN 1573-7780, Vol. 10, no 4, 407-419 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The aim of the present study was to explore how the number of recalled life events (positive and negative) predicts psychological well-being (PWB) and how PWB predicts life satisfaction (LS). In addition, participants were categorized into one of four different affective temperaments (self-actualizing, high affective, low affective, and self-destructive). One hundred and thirty-five high school students participated in completing the SWLS (LS), PWB (short-version), PANAS (to create affective temperaments), and the life events recollection task. Results indicated that adolescents with high positive affect also had high PWB; adolescents with low affective profiles also had high PWB. Positive and negative life events predicted PWB for self-destructive temperaments, whereas positive life events predicted PWB for low affective temperaments. PWB predicted LS for all temperaments except the self-actualizing group. In conclusion, the temperament combinations may allow the individual to achieve PWB and LS. Even more importantly, self-acceptance may foster LS regardless of temperament and may have more impact on LS than life events.

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Springer, 2009. Vol. 10, no 4, 407-419 p.
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adolescents psychology, psychological well-being, memory, life events, life satisfaction, temperamental dispositions
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-40935DOI: 10.1007/s10902-008-9096-3OAI: diva2:403845
Available from: 2011-03-15 Created: 2011-03-15 Last updated: 2013-11-28Bibliographically approved

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