Publication Date

8-2011

Abstract

Conceptions of well-being are cognitive representations of the nature and experience of well-being. These conceptions can be described generally by the degree to which hedonic and eudaimonic dimensions are emphasized as important aspects of the experience of well-being. In two studies, the prediction that eudaimonic dimensions of individual conceptions of well-being are more robustly associated with self-reported well-being than hedonic dimensions was investigated. Correlational analyses indicated that both hedonic and eudaimonic dimensions were associated with well-being, with more robust associations observed between the eudaimonic dimension and each measure of well-being. In several regression analyses, only the eudaimonic dimension significantly predicted well-being, with the hedonic dimension failing to account for unique variance in well-being beyond that predicted by the eudaimonic dimension. Results thus generally suggest that conceptualizing well-being in eudaimonic terms may be relatively more important for positive psychological functioning.

Publisher

Springer

Type (DCMI Terms)

Text

Type

Article

Department

Psychological Sciences

Journal

Social Indicators Research

Volume Number

103

Issue Number

1

First Page Number

93

Last Page Number

108

DOI

10.1007/s11205-010-9698-0

Rights

In Copyright (InC)

Comments

This is the author's accepted manuscript. The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11205-010-9698-0

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