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Relationships between valued action and well-being across the transition from high school to early adulthood

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Abstract


  • Well-being promotes positive outcomes, which may include the ability to live according to one’s values, and values-congruent living may be a source of well-being. The current longitudinal study tested bi-directional relationships between subjective well-being and the extent to which values are seen as personally important, pressured by others, activated and successfully enacted. Participants were 468 young people (51.9% female) who responded to questionnaires in the final year of high school (Grade 12) and again approximately one year later. Regression analyses showed that life satisfaction predicted increasing value importance, activity and successful enactment. Valued action did not predict later well-being, when baseline levels of well-being were controlled. Positive changes in well-being over time were correlated with increased value importance, decreased pressure and greater success in enacting values. The findings build on a small body of research exploring the reciprocal interaction of well-being and valued action, and have implications for interventions.

UOW Authors


  •   Williams, Kate E.
  •   Ciarrochi, Joseph (external author)
  •   Heaven, Patrick C. L. (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • K. E. Williams, J. Ciarrochi & P. C. L. Heaven, "Relationships between valued action and well-being across the transition from high school to early adulthood", The Journal of Positive Psychology: dedicated to furthering research and promoting good practice 10 2 (2015) 127-140.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84914690989

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1307&context=ahsri

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/ahsri/300

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 13

Start Page


  • 127

End Page


  • 140

Volume


  • 10

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • Well-being promotes positive outcomes, which may include the ability to live according to one’s values, and values-congruent living may be a source of well-being. The current longitudinal study tested bi-directional relationships between subjective well-being and the extent to which values are seen as personally important, pressured by others, activated and successfully enacted. Participants were 468 young people (51.9% female) who responded to questionnaires in the final year of high school (Grade 12) and again approximately one year later. Regression analyses showed that life satisfaction predicted increasing value importance, activity and successful enactment. Valued action did not predict later well-being, when baseline levels of well-being were controlled. Positive changes in well-being over time were correlated with increased value importance, decreased pressure and greater success in enacting values. The findings build on a small body of research exploring the reciprocal interaction of well-being and valued action, and have implications for interventions.

UOW Authors


  •   Williams, Kate E.
  •   Ciarrochi, Joseph (external author)
  •   Heaven, Patrick C. L. (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • K. E. Williams, J. Ciarrochi & P. C. L. Heaven, "Relationships between valued action and well-being across the transition from high school to early adulthood", The Journal of Positive Psychology: dedicated to furthering research and promoting good practice 10 2 (2015) 127-140.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84914690989

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1307&context=ahsri

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/ahsri/300

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 13

Start Page


  • 127

End Page


  • 140

Volume


  • 10

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom