Factors Related to Well-Being in Irish Adolescents

Sheila Nevin, Alan Carr, Mark Shevlin, Barbara Dooley, Carmel Breaden
2005 Irish journal of psychology  
294 Irish adolescents were profiled after being classified as having high, moderate or low subjective well-being on the basis of their scores on the Oxford Happiness Inventory, the Satisfaction With Life Scale and the General Health Questionnaire -12. Compared with the low well-being group, the high well-being group reported fewer family and personal stressful life events, more task-focused and less emotion-focused coping. They had greater personal strengths (adaptive problem-solving,
more » ... -solving, self-esteem, and optimistic attributional style) and greater social resources (perceived social support and adaptive family functioning). The profile of the moderate well-being group fell between that of the high and low well-being groups. Gender differences favouring girls were found for optimism, perceived social support and family functioning. A structural equation model which explained the relationship among the variables in these profiles was developed in which increased personal strengths were associated with better subjective well-being and fewer stressful life events; and increased social resources were associated with better task-focused coping. Well-being in Irish adolescents
doi:10.1080/03033910.2005.10446215 fatcat:46xn6u2kcbccvcpchbhsenndm4