Journal of Adult Development

, Volume 17, Issue 3, pp 177–189 | Cite as

Life Satisfaction, Sense of Coherence and Job Precariousness in Italian Young Adults

  • Silvia CiairanoEmail author
  • Emanuela Rabaglietti
  • Antonella Roggero
  • Tiziana Carmen Callari


We investigated (in 95 Italians aged 19–29, of both genders, and who were all facing the transition to job): (1) the relationships between job precariousness, life satisfaction (LS), and the perception that the reality is comprehensible, manageable and meaningful (sense of coherence—SOC—Antonovsky 1987); (2) the potential buffering effect of SOC versus job precariousness on LS. The findings showed that (a) young adults with a higher level of education perceive less LS and higher manageability, and youths with a precarious job perceive reality as less controllable, manageable and meaningful; (b) manageability is positively related with satisfaction with close relationships and meaningfulness is positively related with LS in general; (c) meaningfulness also buffers the effect of job precariousness on satisfaction for close relationships; among precarious workers there is a curvilinear relationship with LS: youths with intermediate meaningfulness also show higher LS with respect to both low and high meaningfulness.


Young adults Life satisfaction Sense of coherence Job precariousness Moderation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Silvia Ciairano
    • 1
    Email author
  • Emanuela Rabaglietti
    • 1
  • Antonella Roggero
    • 1
  • Tiziana Carmen Callari
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyLaboratory of Developmental Psychology, University of TorinoTurinItaly
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of TorinoTurinItaly

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