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Self-concept clarity mediates the relation between stress and subjective well-being

Ritchie, Timothy D., Sedikides, Constantine, Wildschut, Tim, Arndt, Jamie and Gidron, Yori (2011) Self-concept clarity mediates the relation between stress and subjective well-being Self and Identity, 10, (4), pp. 493-508.

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Abstract

Three studies tested the extent to which self-concept clarity mediates the relation between different types of stressful life events and subjective well-being, independently of neuroticism. In Study 1 (N = 292), self-concept clarity fully mediated the relation between stress from various sources (e.g., work, social rejection) and subjective well-being. In Study 2 (N = 127), self-concept clarity partially mediated the relation between meaninglessness (i.e., perceptions of life as meaningless) and subjective well-being. In Study 3 (N = 78), self-concept clarity partially mediated the relation between self-discontinuity (i.e., perceptions of discontinuity between past and present self) and subjective well-being. Across studies, an alternative mediation model was unsupported. The findings provide an impetus for theoretical and empirical advancements in understanding how self-concept clarity may play a role in the impact of stress on subjective well-being.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 25 October 2011
Published date: 2011

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Local EPrints ID: 153749
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/153749
ISSN: 1529-8868
PURE UUID: 7faee1b3-fe3e-447a-8674-9b9b4013ac2a

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Date deposited: 24 May 2010 22:09
Last modified: 30 Aug 2017 22:29

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Author: Timothy D. Ritchie
Author: Tim Wildschut
Author: Jamie Arndt
Author: Yori Gidron

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