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Journal of Happiness Studies

, Volume 10, Issue 4, pp 407–419 | Cite as

Adolescents’ Psychological Well-Being and Memory for Life Events: Influences on Life Satisfaction with Respect to Temperamental Dispositions

Research Paper

Abstract

The aim of the present study was to explore how the number of recalled life events (positive and negative) predicts psychological well-being (PWB) and how PWB predicts life satisfaction (LS). In addition, participants were categorized into one of four different affective temperaments (self-actualizing, high affective, low affective, and self-destructive). One hundred and thirty-five high school students participated in completing the SWLS (LS), PWB (short-version), PANAS (to create affective temperaments), and the life events recollection task. Results indicated that adolescents with high positive affect also had high PWB; adolescents with low affective profiles also had high PWB. Positive and negative life events predicted PWB for self-destructive temperaments, whereas positive life events predicted PWB for low affective temperaments. PWB predicted LS for all temperaments except the self-actualizing group. In conclusion, the temperament combinations may allow the individual to achieve PWB and LS. Even more importantly, selfacceptance may foster LS regardless of temperament and may have more impact on LS than life events.

Keywords

Adolescence Life events Psychological well-being Satisfaction with life Temperament 

Notes

Acknowlegments

This research was partly supported by the research fund of humanities and social sciences faculty at Växjö Universitet. The authors wish to thank Patricia Rosenberg, Olga Lindström, Johanna Ekberg, Britt Lilja, Caj Eriksson and the participants for their help facilitating this study. Appreciation is also directed to reviewers who helped improve the manuscript.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyKarlstad UniversityKarlstadSweden
  2. 2.Växjö UniversityVaxjoSweden
  3. 3.Umeå UniversityUmeaSweden

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