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An Investigation into the Relationship between Trait Resilience and Subjective Well-Being, through Social Connectedness and Social Support.

Blackler, Harley Milan (2019) An Investigation into the Relationship between Trait Resilience and Subjective Well-Being, through Social Connectedness and Social Support. Manchester Metropolitan University. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

lack of previous literature on the interactions between social connectedness, resilience, social support and subjective well-being (SWB), inspired the present study. The aim was to investigate whether trait resilient individuals, have higher levels of SWB, and if these higher levels are affected by similarly greater perceived social support and social connectedness. 149 participants were recruited through social media and the university participation pool, including 118 females and 31 males of a range of employment statuses. Online questionnaires were completed through Qualtrics. The questionnaire measures included the Ego-Resilience Scale, the Social Connectedness Scale, the Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support, the Satisfaction with Life Scale and the Positive and Negative Affect Schedule. A hierarchical multiple regression was used and found that those high in trait-resilience, experience greater SWB, and this effect is mediated by greater levels of social connectedness. Social support was found not to be a significant predictor of SWB. These findings suggest that social support is not as significant to the relationship as is suggested within previous literature. It also highlights a need for future research to look further into the association with social connectedness, as there is a lack of literature on the topic.

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