Journal of Happiness Studies

, Volume 19, Issue 2, pp 351–364 | Cite as

The Ant and the Grasshopper: Adolescents’ Time Perspective, Satisfaction with Life and the Mediating Role of Hope

  • Susanna Pallini
  • Michela Milioni
  • Fiorenzo Laghi
  • Giovanni Maria Vecchio
Research Paper
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Abstract

The present study examined the predictive role played by the three time perspective’s dimensions (Present-Hedonistic, Present-Fatalistic and Future) on the satisfaction with life and the mediational role of hope in adolescence, using cross-sectional data. Participants were 675 adolescents (333 males and 342 females), with a mean age of 17.4 years (SD = .84). Adolescents lived in Rome and its surroundings regions and attended the 3th or the 4th year of high school. A structural equation modeling was used. The results shown that Present-Hedonistic predicts directly and indirectly (through agency) the life satisfaction; Future and Present-Fatalistic predicts indirectly (through agency) the life satisfaction; the Present-Hedonistic and Future predicted the pathway, but it does not seem to play a role of mediator. This model is the same for males and females. These results offers new useful guidance to adolescents’ counsellors and educators that should endeavor to increase the hope of both Present and Future oriented adolescents.

Keywords

Adolescence Time perspective Satisfaction with life Hope Gender differences 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Susanna Pallini
    • 1
  • Michela Milioni
    • 1
  • Fiorenzo Laghi
    • 2
  • Giovanni Maria Vecchio
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EducationRoma Tre UniversityRomeItaly
  2. 2.Department of Developmental and Social PsychologySapienza, University of RomeRomeItaly

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