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Article: Purpose-driven life: Life goals as a predictor of quality of life and psychological health

TitlePurpose-driven life: Life goals as a predictor of quality of life and psychological health
Authors
Issue Date2015
PublisherSpringer Verlag Dordrecht. The Journal's web site is located at http://springerlink.metapress.com/openurl.asp?genre=journal&issn=1389-4978
Citation
Journal of Happiness Studies, 2015, v. 16 n. 5, p. 1163-1184 How to Cite?
AbstractOn the basis of self-determination theory, we predicted that the pursuit of material goals might negatively affect quality of life and psychological outcomes including sleep quality and mood states. We further hypothesized that the link between religious affiliation and these outcome variables could be explained, at least partially, by life goals. Longitudinal data collected from 700 Chinese adults demonstrated that for both Christians and non-believers, material goals had a detrimental effect on outcome variables measured 6 months later. More importantly, material goals partially mediated the effects of religious affiliation. That is, Christians were different from non-believers on the outcome variables partly because the former did not go after material goals. For these believers, moreover, the pursuit of religion-based goals brought psychological benefits. Not only can certain life goals explain why people with religious faiths have better psychological health and quality of life, they can also explain why not every religious person feels good and is content about their lives.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/201621
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2015 Impact Factor: 1.846
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.881

 

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dc.contributor.authorLau, EYY-
dc.contributor.authorCheung, SH-
dc.contributor.authorLam, JKM-
dc.contributor.authorHui, HCC-
dc.contributor.authorCheung, SF-
dc.contributor.authorMok, DSY-
dc.date.accessioned2014-08-21T07:32:40Z-
dc.date.available2014-08-21T07:32:40Z-
dc.date.issued2015-
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Happiness Studies, 2015, v. 16 n. 5, p. 1163-1184-
dc.identifier.issn1389-4978-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/201621-
dc.description.abstractOn the basis of self-determination theory, we predicted that the pursuit of material goals might negatively affect quality of life and psychological outcomes including sleep quality and mood states. We further hypothesized that the link between religious affiliation and these outcome variables could be explained, at least partially, by life goals. Longitudinal data collected from 700 Chinese adults demonstrated that for both Christians and non-believers, material goals had a detrimental effect on outcome variables measured 6 months later. More importantly, material goals partially mediated the effects of religious affiliation. That is, Christians were different from non-believers on the outcome variables partly because the former did not go after material goals. For these believers, moreover, the pursuit of religion-based goals brought psychological benefits. Not only can certain life goals explain why people with religious faiths have better psychological health and quality of life, they can also explain why not every religious person feels good and is content about their lives.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherSpringer Verlag Dordrecht. The Journal's web site is located at http://springerlink.metapress.com/openurl.asp?genre=journal&issn=1389-4978-
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of Happiness Studies-
dc.rightsThe final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10902-014-9552-1-
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.titlePurpose-driven life: Life goals as a predictor of quality of life and psychological health-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailLau, EYY: eyylau@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.emailCheung, SH: singhang@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.emailLam, JKM: lamjas@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.emailHui, HCC: huiharry@hku.hk-
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dc.identifier.authorityCheung, SH=rp00590-
dc.identifier.authorityHui, HCC=rp00547-
dc.description.naturepostprint-
dc.identifier.doi10.1007/s10902-014-9552-1-
dc.identifier.hkuros232327-
dc.publisher.placeNetherlands-

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