Spontaneous self-affirmation is associated with psychological well-being: evidence from a US national adult survey sample

Emanuel, Amber S, Howell, Jennifer L, Taber, Jennifer M, Ferrer, Rebecca A, Klein, William M P and Harris, Peter R (2016) Spontaneous self-affirmation is associated with psychological well-being: evidence from a US national adult survey sample. Journal of Health Psychology. ISSN 1359-1053

[img] PDF - Accepted Version
Download (149kB)
[img] PDF - Supplemental Material
Download (96kB)

Abstract

Emerging evidence suggests that individuals spontaneously self-affirm, by reflecting on values and strengths, in response to daily threats. We examined the prevalence and demographic and well-being correlates of spontaneous self-affirmation in the general population. Participants (n = 3185) completed the cross-sectional, nationally representative 2013 Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS 4, Cycle 3), and answered questions about spontaneous self-affirmation, demographic factors, well-being, and affect. The majority of the population reported spontaneously self-affirming. Black and Hispanic respondents reported engaging in more spontaneous self-affirmation. Engaging in spontaneous self-affirmation was related to greater happiness, hopefulness, optimism, subjective health, and personal health efficacy, and less anger and sadness.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
Depositing User: Lene Hyltoft
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2016 08:05
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2017 09:31
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/61368

View download statistics for this item

📧 Request an update