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Journal of Happiness Studies

, Volume 17, Issue 5, pp 2097–2117 | Cite as

The Structure of Adolescent Affective Well-Being: The Case of the PANAS Among Serbian Adolescents

  • Veljko JovanovićEmail author
  • Vesna Gavrilov-Jerković
Research Paper

Abstract

The structure of affective well-being and the relationship between positive affect (PA) and negative affect (NA) have rarely been examined among adolescents. The aim of the present research was to investigate the question of bipolarity versus independence of PA and NA as measured by the PANAS across three studies in adolescent samples. The results of Study 1 (N = 1038) showed that a two-factor structure of the PANAS, with correlated PA and NA and allowed correlated errors between similarly worded items provided the best fit to data. Study 2 included three independent samples (total N = 1071), and showed that PA and NA differed in terms of their relationship to various well-being indicators. Study 3 (N = 482) tested the predictive validity of PA and NA in a 5 month follow-up design, and showed that both PA and NA had independent predictive benefits for depression, risky behaviors and life satisfaction, and that PA had no unique role in the prediction of stress and anxiety, while NA had no unique role in the prediction of academic achievement. The results of the present research provided strong support for the relative independence of PA and NA as measured by the PANAS among adolescents.

Keywords

Positive affect Negative affect Structure PANAS Well-being 

Notes

Acknowledgments

This work was supported by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Serbia (Grant No. 179006).

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Conflict of interest

There is no conflict of interest in this paper.

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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Novi SadNovi SadSerbia

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