This longitudinal study was supported by a grant from The Foundation for Research in Science and Technology to the first and third authors. We thank Jo Kleeb for input in measure design and methodology; the school principals for allowing us to access students in their schools; and the adolescents for their continued willing participation.
Does Social Connectedness Promote a Greater Sense of Well-Being in Adolescence Over Time?
Version of Record online: 27 FEB 2012
© 2012 The Authors. Journal of Research on Adolescence © 2012 Society for Research on Adolescence
Journal of Research on Adolescence
Volume 22, Issue 2, pages 235–251, June 2012
How to Cite
Jose, P. E., Ryan, N. and Pryor, J. (2012), Does Social Connectedness Promote a Greater Sense of Well-Being in Adolescence Over Time?. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 22: 235–251. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-7795.2012.00783.x
- Issue online: 16 MAY 2012
- Version of Record online: 27 FEB 2012
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This longitudinal study was designed to investigate whether or not social connectedness predicts psychological well-being over time. Structural equation modeling was used to examine the temporal relations between these constructs assessed yearly for 3 years for a sample of 1,774 10- to 15-year-olds (at Time 1). Results indicated that global connectedness (i.e., connectedness combined across the domains of family, school, peers, and neighborhood) predicted well-being, but no reciprocal relation was found. However, reciprocal relations were revealed by analyses that examined connectedness at the domain level, that is, for family and school contexts. The results suggest that youth who reported higher levels of social connectedness at one point in time would subsequently report higher well-being (i.e., life satisfaction, confidence, positive affect, and aspirations).