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Resilience and the Cognitive Triad: Associations with Psychological Well-being

Thompson, Ellie (2019) Resilience and the Cognitive Triad: Associations with Psychological Well-being. Manchester Metropolitan University. (Unpublished)


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Building upon existing research, this study aimed to test potential relationships between trait resilience, the cognitive triad (view of the self, view of the world and view of the future) and psychological well-being (PWB). Participants (N = 94, 25 men and 69 women) were volunteer sampled via online distribution of an anonymous link to the questionnaire. Data was analysed using two-step hierarchical regressions for each of the six PWB outcomes. In all regressions, trait resilience was entered at step one and the cognitive triad variables were introduced in step two. Findings indicated that independently, trait resilience significantly predicts all PWB outcomes. For the majority of outcomes, addition of the cognitive triad increased variance in the criterion variable. The individual elements of the cognitive triad varied in predictive utility across outcomes, except for purpose in life and self-acceptance, where all cognitive triad aspects were statistically significant. Overall, the results of this research support the hypotheses, however further investigation is required to fully understand the underlying mechanisms. The present study discusses the relationships between each predictor variable and each criterion variable, as well as future implications.

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