A 32 year longitudinal study of child and adolescent pathways to well-being in adulthood

Olsson, Craig A., McGee, Rob, Nada-Raja, Shyamala and Williams, Sheila M. 2013, A 32 year longitudinal study of child and adolescent pathways to well-being in adulthood, Journal of happiness studies, vol. 14, no. 3, pp. 1069-1083, doi: 10.1007/s10902-012-9369-8.

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Title A 32 year longitudinal study of child and adolescent pathways to well-being in adulthood
Author(s) Olsson, Craig A.ORCID iD for Olsson, Craig A. orcid.org/0000-0002-5927-2014
McGee, Rob
Nada-Raja, Shyamala
Williams, Sheila M.
Journal name Journal of happiness studies
Volume number 14
Issue number 3
Start page 1069
End page 1083
Total pages 15
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2013-06
ISSN 1389-4978
Keyword(s) Childhood
Social connectedness
Academic achievement
Language development
Summary The purpose of the study was to investigate the relative importance of child and adolescent social and academic pathways to well-being in adulthood (32-years) indicated by a sense of meaning, social engagement, positive coping and prosocial values. Data were drawn from a 15 wave (32-year) longitudinal study of the health and development of around 1000 New Zealanders (Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study, New Zealand). Moderate continuity in social connectedness (0.38) and high continuity in academic ability (0.90) was observed across childhood and adolescence. Adolescent social connectedness was a better predictor of adult well-being than academic achievement (0.62 vs. 0.12). There was evidence of an indirect pathway from adolescent academic achievement to adult well-being through social connectedness (0.29). Indicators of well-being in adulthood appear to be better explained by social connection rather than academic competencies pathways. Implications for promoting longer term well-being during the school years are discussed.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s10902-012-9369-8
Field of Research 179999 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30046123

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