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The Role of Positive Attitude in the Relationship between Adolescents' Experience of Negative Life Events and Happiness

  • 인문논총
  • 2012, 30(), pp.91-116
  • Publisher : Institute for Human studies, Kyungnam University
  • Research Area : Humanities > Other Humanities

조경화 1 Jaehong Ko 1

1경남대학교

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ABSTRACT

The present study aims to investigate the relationship between adolescents’ experience with negative life events and their happiness as well as to explore the role of positive attitude between them. A total of 636 middle school students responded on the scales in order to measure the degree to which they experienced negative life events, happiness, and positive attitude. The Key findings are as follows: First, adolescents' experience of negative life events was negatively related to their happiness. Specifically, their experience of negative life events germane to learning and parents turned out to bring down happiness. Second, adolescents' positive attitude played a buffer role between their experience of negative life events and happiness. Among the three sub factors such as taking a positive point of view, self positivity, and social positivity, particularly, the social positivity proved to protect adolescents from the daily life stresses. These results insinuates that taking the positive attitude towards the society alleviates stresses related to learning, parents, and school which led to a decrease in happiness.

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