Decoupling the Effects of Wayfinding Competence, Trait-Anxiety and Subjective Well-Being from a GESIS German Sample
The study examines how wayfinding competence coupled with predisposed trait-anxiety can produce negative daily experience in individuals’ subjective well-being. The GESIS granted the permission to test this hypothesis using a sample of 7599 residents in Germany. A measure of wayfinding competence is based on the German Questionnaire of Spatial Strategies (GQSS). Trait-Anxiety is measured by a sub-domain of the Positive and Negative Affect Schedule (PANAS). Subjective well-being is an operationalization of the construct devised by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). In a hierarchical regression model, where demographic and other socio-economic variables are held constant, a mediating model linking the effect of wayfinding competence, trait-anxiety and subjective well-being were assessed. The data supports a direct and a mediated effect of wayfinding competence on subjective well-being via trait-anxiety. The mediating effect for the older age group was prominent.
KeywordsWayfinding Trait anxiety Subjective well-being GESIS
Compliance with Ethical Standards
This manuscript involves human participants research based on data collected by the GESIS. The GESIS was designed to comport with ethical standards for social research.
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The authors have no funding or conflicts of interest to declare.
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