Positive Functioning: Empirical Approach

[Speaker] Strizhitskaya, Olga:1
1:Saint Petersburg State University (Russia)

Modern psychology nowadays gives a great role to quality of life and well-being of a person. One of the concepts that approaches this issue is “positive functioning”. Used by different authors it still needs further clarification. In the present study we tried to test empirically our model of positive functioning and compare its distinctions across lifespan. / Participant were 372 adults aged 24-77, from Saint-Petersburg, Russia. Methods used were Psychological Well-being by C. Ryff (Russian version), Hardiness test, Positive emotions score, “The Professional Development Factors” by M. Petrash, Life satisfaction index. / Confirmatory factor analysis showed that the characteristics, included in the model, formed a latent factor both in the total sample and in three age groups we identified (1 – aged 24-34, 2 – aged 35-49, 3 – aged 50-77), though in all three groups some differences in predictive power of the characteristics were found.
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