Constructive thinking as a mediator of the relationship between extraversion, neuroticism, and subjective well-being
Article first published online: 17 AUG 2005
Copyright © 2005 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
European Journal of Personality
Volume 19, Issue 5, pages 409–426, August 2005
How to Cite
Harris, P. R. and Lightsey, O. R. (2005), Constructive thinking as a mediator of the relationship between extraversion, neuroticism, and subjective well-being. Eur. J. Pers., 19: 409–426. doi: 10.1002/per.544
- Issue published online: 17 AUG 2005
- Article first published online: 17 AUG 2005
- Manuscript Accepted: 20 OCT 2004
- Manuscript Received: 10 SEP 2003
Mechanisms by which personality affects well-being are not well understood. Following recommendations to examine intermediate process variables that may help explain the personality–subjective well-being (SWB) relationship, the authors tested whether constructive thinking (CT) mediated the relationships between both neuroticism and extraversion and SWB components. Measures of each construct were administered to 147 undergraduate volunteers twice over four weeks. In analyses controlling for time 1 SWB and time 2 mood, time 2 CT fully mediated the relationship between time 1 neuroticism and time 2 negative affect and emerged as a strong predictor of negative affect (inversely), positive affect, and happiness. Copyright © 2005 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.