The Older, the Better? The Role of Hope for the Regulation of Subjective Well-Being Over Life-Span

  • Pasqualina Perrig-ChielloEmail author
  • Stefanie Spahni
  • Katja Margelisch
Part of the Social Indicators Research Series book series (SINS, volume 72)


Despite the increase of theoretical and empirical work on subjective well-being, research addressing the relation between hope and various dimensions of well-being from a life-span approach is still scarce. Based on original data of the Hope-Barometer 2015, this contribution aims at closing some research gaps by focussing on the question on how hope, well-being and age are related, and on how dispositional hope can predict life satisfaction, happiness and meaning in life and explain their variance. Results show a significant age-related increase for all well-being and dispositional hope parameters. Our data confirm furthermore the dominant role of hope for predicting meaning in life and life satisfaction over all age groups. Nonetheless, optimism also has a non-negligible impact on well-being outcomes, essentially for happiness and to a lesser extent for life satisfaction. These insights are not only scientific relevant, but entail important practical implications for designing interventions and psychological education.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pasqualina Perrig-Chiello
    • 1
    Email author
  • Stefanie Spahni
    • 1
  • Katja Margelisch
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Psychology, Developmental PsychologyUniversity of BernBernSwitzerland

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