How Marital Status Is Related to Subjective Well-Being and Dispositional Hope

Spahni, Stefanie; Perrig-Chiello, Pasqualina (2018). How Marital Status Is Related to Subjective Well-Being and Dispositional Hope. In: Krafft, Andreas M.; Perrig-Chiello, Pasqualina; Walker, Andreas M. (eds.) Hope for a Good Life - Results of the Hope-Barometer International Research Program. Social Indicators Research Series: Vol. 72 (pp. 95-107). Cham: Springer International Publishing 10.1007/978-3-319-78470-0_5

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Having an intimate partner is relevant for individual identity, daily routine, and represents an important source of support, and is thus crucial for well-being. In turn, marital break-up and spousal bereavement are considered as critical life events with a high potential for vulnerabilization. In this chapter we examine how marital status impacts well-being and hope. Using original data from the Swiss Hope-Barometer 2015, we compare married, separated/divorced and widowed individuals regarding various indicators of subjective well-being and show how far they are predicted by dispositional hope, optimism, and social relations. Our results confirm lower life satisfaction in both loss-groups. Separated/divorced individuals further report higher loneliness and depression rates than the married ones. Dispositional hope, optimism and social relations are strong predictors of subjective well-being. They are assumed to be crucial to enable adaptation and sustain health as well as well-being when facing the loss of an intimate relationship.

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 > Psychological and Behavioral Health
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology

UniBE Contributor:

Spahni, Stefanie and Perrig-Chiello, Pasqualina

Subjects:

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

ISBN:

978-3-319-78469-4

Series:

Social Indicators Research Series

Publisher:

Springer International Publishing

Language:

English

Submitter:

Salome Irina Rahel Bötschi

Date Deposited:

27 May 2019 15:36

Last Modified:

27 May 2019 15:36

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/978-3-319-78470-0_5

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/125594

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