Can appraisals of common political life events impact subjective well-being?
Article first published online: 20 MAY 2014
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Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 44, Issue 12, pages 751–767, December 2014
How to Cite
Kaniasty, K. and Jakubowska, U. (2014), Can appraisals of common political life events impact subjective well-being?. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 44: 751–767. doi: 10.1111/jasp.12265
- Issue published online: 9 DEC 2014
- Article first published online: 20 MAY 2014
- National Centre for Research and Development, Poland. Grant Number: N N106 367740
This study examined the psychological impact of global subjective appraisals of influence exerted on people's lives by common political events. A list of 24 political events was administered to a random sample of 400 adults in Poland. Political self-efficacy, interest in politics, perceived political social support, and political collective efficacy were also assessed as potential moderators of the link between political stress appraisals and subjective well-being (satisfaction with life, sense on anomie, positive affect). Perceptions of the negative influence of political stressors on one's life and the life of the country were associated with concomitant variations in subjective well-being. Among psychosocial resources, political self-efficacy consistently moderated the influence of appraisals of political stressors on satisfaction with life and positive affect.