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Reconsidering valuing happiness: The application of goal type theory
journal contributionposted on 2021-01-15, 09:02 authored by Murat Yildirim, Emily Davison, Heather Flowe, John Maltby
The current paper seeks to solve theoretical and well-being ambiguities presented by the concept of valuing happiness by proposing that extant assessment represents a two-factor model situated within goal type theory. Exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses of the valuing happiness scale among UK and US student and adult samples confirmed structural validity for valuing happiness representing valuing happiness in terms of attainment and maintenance goals. Among further UK student samples, both aspects of valuing happiness were related with lower levels of well-being, with a predicted distinction between the two factors of valuing happiness via attainment being associated with lower levels of self-acceptance and valuing happiness via maintenance being associated with lower levels of autonomy. The results suggest that the scale has a two-factor structure with sound psychometric properties that distinguish successfully between attainment valuing happiness and maintenance valuing happiness.
CitationInt J Ment Health Addiction (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11469-020-00478-8
Author affiliationDepartment of Neuroscience, Psychology and Behaviour, College of Life Sciences
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