Eudaimonic conceptions of well-being, meaning in life, and self-reported well-being: Initial test of a mediational model

Publication year: 2011
Source: Personality and Individual Differences, In Press, Corrected Proof, Available online 14 June 2011

Ethan A., McMahan , Maggie DeHart, Renken

The current study examined relationships between eudaimonic dimensions of individual conceptions of well-being (e.g., self-development, contribution), meaning in life, and self-reported well-being, and whether meaning in life mediates associations between eudaimonic conception dimensions and well-being. A sample of 275 adult volunteers completed several instruments assessing the above constructs. Results from structural equation modeling (SEM) indicated that eudaimonic conception dimensions were positively associated with both meaning in life and well-being. Further, the relationship between eudaimonic conception dimensions and self-reported well-being was found to be partially mediated by meaning in life. The findings of the current study thus suggest that the experience…

 Highlights: ► We examine conceptions of well-being, meaning in life, and self-reported well-being. ► Eudaimonic conception of well-being dimensions predicted self-reported well-being. ► Direct effect and meditational models were examined. ► Meaning in life mediated associations between eudaimonic dimensions and well-being.