Examining well-being, anxiety, and self-deception in university students

Sheridan, Zachariah, Boman, Peter, Mergler, Amanda, Furlong, Michael J., & Elmer, Stefan (2015) Examining well-being, anxiety, and self-deception in university students. Cogent Psychology, 2(1), pp. 1-17.

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This study examined the combined influence of six positive psychology variables (optimism, hope, self-efficacy, grit, gratitude, and subjective life satisfaction), termed covitality, in relation to buffering individuals against anxiety symptoms. In addition, the influence of self-deception was examined to test whether this construct had an influence on the reporting of these positive psychology variables. A total of 268 individuals (203 females and 65 males) with a mean age of 22.2 years (SD = 7.4 years) from one Queensland university took part in the study. The participants completed an online questionnaire, which included a battery of positive psychological measures, plus a measure of anxiety and self-deception. The results indicated that the covitality constructs had a moderation effect on anxiety. In a regression analysis, the six covitality constructs explained an additional 24.5% of the variance in anxiety, after controlling for self-deception. Further analyses revealed that those higher in self-deception scored higher in self-efficacy and all positive covitality measures and lower in anxiety, than those lower in self-deception. These findings illustrate the importance of considering the role that self-deception might play in the reporting of positive psychology variables.

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ID Code: 82554
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Stefan Elmer is listed as the reviewing editing on the full text PDF.
Keywords: well-being, covitality, anxiety, self-deception, positive psychology
DOI: 10.1080/23311908.2014.993850
ISSN: 2331-1908
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > OTHER EDUCATION (139900) > Education not elsewhere classified (139999)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Deposited On: 30 Mar 2015 03:23
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2015 02:57

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