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JournalofHappinessStudies
October2014,Volume15,Issue5,pp11651177
Date:23Aug2013

AssociationBetweenAdolescentEudaimonicBehavioursand
EmotionalCompetenceinYoungAdulthood
Abstract
TheroleofAristotelianeudaimonic(moral)valuesinhealthypsychosocialdevelopmentisarapidlygrowing
areaofenquirythatcrossesthedisciplinesofphilosophyanddevelopmentalpsychology.Thepurposeofthis
studywastoexamineprospectiverelationshipsbetweenadolescenceeudaimonicvaluesdevelopmentand
indicatorsofemotionalcompetenceandpsychopathologyinyoungadulthood.Wetestedtworelatedhypotheses:
(1)thateudaimonicbehavioursinadolescence(indicatedbyactivitiesaimedatbenefitingotherindividuals,the
communityorsociety)wouldpredictgreateremotionalcompetenceinyoungadulthood(indicatedbysenseof
responsibility,autonomy,planfulnessandselfcontrol)and(2)thatemotionalcompetenceinyoungadulthood
wouldreduceriskforanxiousdepressivesymptomsatthesameageaftercontrollingforprioremotionaldistress
inadolescence.Dataweredrawnfromanongoing15wavepopulationbasedlongitudinalstudyofhealthand
development,initiallyrecruitedatbirthin1983.SEMwasusedtomodelrelationshipsandwasbasedondata
from991participants(384maleand607female).Consistentwithexpectations,adolescenteudaimonic
behaviourswereassociatedwithhigheremotionalcompetenceinyoungadulthoodwhich,inturn,wasinversely
associatedwithanxiousdepressivesymptomsatthesameage.Interventionsthatfocusonopportunitiesforthe
eudaimonicdevelopmentinadolescencemayplayaroleinpromotingemotionalcompetenceinemerging
adulthood.
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Title
AssociationBetweenAdolescentEudaimonicBehavioursandEmotionalCompetenceinYoung
Adulthood
Journal
JournalofHappinessStudies
Volume15,Issue5,pp11651177
CoverDate
20141001
DOI
10.1007/s1090201394690
PrintISSN
13894978
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15737780
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Keywords
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Authors
W.T.Hallam(1)(6)
C.A.Olsson(1)(2)(3)(4)
M.OConnor(1)
M.Hawkins(1)
J.W.Toumbourou(2)(4)
G.Bowes(1)
R.McGee(5)
A.Sanson(1)
AuthorAffiliations
1.DepartmentofPaediatrics,UniversityofMelbourne,Melbourne,VIC,3052,Australia
6.DepartmentofPaediatrics,RoyalChildrensHospital,Parkville,VIC,3052,Australia
2.MurdochChildrensResearchInstitute,MelbourneRoyalChildrensHospital,Melbourne,
Australia
3.PsychologicalSciences,UniversityofMelbourne,Melbourne,Australia
4.PreventionSciences,SchoolofPsychologyandCentreforMentalHealthandWellbeing
Research,DeakinUniversity,Melbourne,Australia
5.PreventiveandSocialMedicine,UniversityofOtago,Dunedin,NewZealand

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