The Older the Better? The Role of Hope for the Regulation of Subjective Well-being over Life-span

Perrig-Chiello, Pasqualina; Spahni, Stefanie; Margelisch, Katja (2018). The Older the Better? The Role of Hope for the Regulation of Subjective Well-being over Life-span. In: Krafft, Andreas; Perrig-Chiello, Pasqualina; Walker, Andreas M. (eds.) Hope for a good life. Social indicators research series: Vol. 72 (pp. 79-94). Heidelberg: Springer 10.1007/978-3-319-78470-0_4

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Despite the increase of theoretical and empirical work on subjective well-being, research addressing the relation between hope and various dimensions of well-being from a life-span approach is still scarce. Based on original data of the Hope-Barometer 2015, this contribution aims at closing some research gaps by focussing on the question on how hope, well-being and age are related, and on how dispositional hope can predict life satisfaction, happiness and meaning in life and explain their variance. Results show a significant age-related increase for all well-being and dispositional hope parameters. Our data confirm furthermore the dominant role of hope for predicting meaning in life and life satisfaction over all age groups. Nonetheless, optimism also has a non-negligible impact on well-being outcomes, essentially for happiness and to a lesser extent for life satisfaction. These insights are not only scientific relevant, but entail important practical implications for designing interventions and psychological education.

Item Type:

Book Section (Book Chapter)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Developmental Psychology
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy

UniBE Contributor:

Perrig-Chiello, Pasqualina; Spahni, Stefanie and Margelisch, Katja

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology
600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISBN:

978-3-319-78470-0

Series:

Social indicators research series

Publisher:

Springer

Language:

English

Submitter:

Katja Margelisch

Date Deposited:

09 May 2018 09:49

Last Modified:

09 May 2018 09:49

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/978-3-319-78470-0_4

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/116335

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