Within- and between-person relationships between spontaneous self-affirmations, coping style, and wellbeing

Sharouni, Taylor-Jane, McClymont, Rachel G., Alcorn, Christopher, Rebar, Amanda L., Law, Kwok Hong, Jackson, Ben, Caltabiano, Nerina, and Dimmock, James A. (2022) Within- and between-person relationships between spontaneous self-affirmations, coping style, and wellbeing. Stress and Health. (In Press)

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Abstract

Self-affirmations—responding to self-threatening information by reflecting on positive values or strengths—help to realign working self-concept and may support adaptive coping and wellbeing. Little research has been undertaken on spontaneous self-affirmations in response to everyday threats, and less has been undertaken on the relationships between spontaneous self-affirmations, coping, and wellbeing. This study aimed to test both within- and between-person relationships between spontaneous self-affirmations, coping, and wellbeing, controlling for threat intensity and other outcomes. A repeated survey assessment design was adopted to achieve these aims. Outcome measures included approach coping, avoidance coping, positive affect, negative affect, and eudaimonic wellbeing. It was found that spontaneous self-affirmations positively predicted approach coping and positive affect at both within- and between-person levels, and eudaimonic wellbeing at the between-person level. Overall, spontaneous self-affirmations were positively associated with approach coping and aspects of wellbeing.

Item ID: 74711
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1532-2998
Keywords: affect, approach coping, eudaimonic, hedonic, self-affirmation, spontaneous, wellbeing
Copyright Information: © 2022 The Authors. Stress and Health published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2022 04:16
FoR Codes: 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5203 Clinical and health psychology > 520304 Health psychology @ 50%
52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5204 Cognitive and computational psychology > 520401 Cognition @ 50%
SEO Codes: 20 HEALTH > 2005 Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health) > 200599 Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health) not elsewhere classified @ 50%
28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280121 Expanding knowledge in psychology @ 50%
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