Despite the fact that meaning in life has been portrayed as a highlighted developmental goal in psychology, yet little research has examined its influencing factors in adolescence. In the present study we examined potential individual and parental correlates of meaning in life in a sample of 1944 adolescents (aged between 15-19 years; 47.8 percent males) from secondary schools of Transylvania. While self-efficacy, self-regulation, perceived social support from parents and mother's responsiveness were positively related to meaning in life, father's demandingness was negatively related to this variable in the whole sample. However, social comparison was related to meaning in life only among boys, while father's responsiveness was associated with it only among girls. These findings draw our attention to those socio-cultural influences that may be prevailing in meaning in life through role socialization during adolescence, providing bases for preventive and promoting interventions.
|Translated title of the contribution||Individual and parental factors related to meaning in life in adolescence|
|Number of pages||20|
|Journal||Magyar Pszichologiai Szemle|
|Publication status||Published - Jun 1 2012|
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