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Reexamining adaptation and the set point model of happiness: Reactions to changes in marital status.

Lucas, Richard E., Clark, Andrew E., Georgellis, Yannis, Diener, Ed (2003) Reexamining adaptation and the set point model of happiness: Reactions to changes in marital status. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 84 (3). pp. 527-539. ISSN 0022-3514. (doi:10.1037/0022-3514.84.3.527) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:41054)

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Abstract

According to adaptation theory, individuals react to events but quickly adapt back to baseline levels of subjective well-being. To test this idea, the authors used data from a 15-year longitudinal study of over 24,000 individuals to examine the effects of marital transitions on life satisfaction. On average, individuals reacted to events and then adapted back toward baseline levels. However, there were substantial individual differences in this tendency. Individuals who initially reacted strongly were still far from baseline years later, and many people exhibited trajectories that were in the opposite direction to that predicted by adaptation theory. Thus, marital transitions can be associated with long-lasting changes in satisfaction, but these changes can be overlooked when only average trends are examined.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1037/0022-3514.84.3.527
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School
Depositing User: Yannis Georgellis
Date Deposited: 09 May 2014 00:56 UTC
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2020 04:09 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/41054 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Georgellis, Yannis: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7866-8014
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