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Emotional ratings of meaningful life periods and their relation to subjective well-being among Holocaust survivors.

Cohen, Keren and Shmotkin, Dov (2007) Emotional ratings of meaningful life periods and their relation to subjective well-being among Holocaust survivors. Personality and Individual Differences, 43 (3). pp. 495-506. ISSN 0191-8869

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Abstract

This work examines happiness and suffering ratings of anchor periods (i.e., outstandingly meaningful life periods) among Holocaust survivors and comparison groups, and the relations of these ratings to present subjective well-being (SWB). The study included 360 participants, 141 of which were Holocaust survivors. Results showed that Holocaust survivors reported significantly lower happiness in their anchor periods than the comparison groups. Happiness and suffering in Holocaust periods (i.e., anchor periods during the Holocaust), when juxtaposed with happiness and suffering in non-Holocaust anchor periods (i.e., anchor periods which occurred before or after the Holocaust), significantly related to the survivors’ present happiness and suffering. The results support an experience-specific view of emotionality as a factor in a lifelong coping with past traumatic events.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Personality and Individual Differences
Additional Information: RAE_import_type : Journal article RAE_uoa_type : Social Work and Social Policy & Administration
Uncontrolled Keywords: Holocaust survivors ; Emotionality ; Subjective well-being ; Anchor periods
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research
ID Code: 3306
Deposited By: ep_importer
Deposited On: 20 Mar 2008 13:28
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 17:21
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/3306

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