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Sources of Meaning: An Investigation of Significant Commitments in Life
This study investigates, combining qualitative and quantitative research methods, the sources of meaning in life of young adult patients and nonpatients. In addition to the exploratory concerns, the
The Life Regard Index: Reliability and Validity
This study investigated the reliability and factorial validity of the Life Regard Index, a measure of meaning in life. Principal component factor analyses performed on the responses of 122
Perfectionism and the Five-factor Personality Traits as Predictors of Mortality in Older Adults
TLDR
Findings demonstrated that risk of death was significantly greater for high scorers in perfectionism and neuroticism, compared to low scorers at the time of base line, and risk ofdeath was significantly lower for high Scorers in conscientiousness, extraversion and optimism.
Meaning in life: clinical relevance and predictive power.
  • D. Debats
  • Psychology
    The British journal of clinical psychology
  • 1 November 1996
TLDR
The findings not only support the clinical relevance of the meaning in life concept, but they also favour the construct validity of the Life Regard Index, an instrument that was designed to measure the relevant construct.
Experiences of meaning in life: a combined qualitative and quantitative approach.
TLDR
The Life Regard Index (LRI), an instrument designed to measure the construct of positive life regard, was found to be strongly associated with the interpersonal dimension of well-being.
Self-Efficacy Beliefs as Predictors of Loneliness and Psychological Distress in Older Adults
  • P. Fry, D. Debats
  • Psychology
    International journal of aging & human…
  • 1 October 2002
TLDR
Findings from a series of hierarchical regression analyses supported the hypothesis that self-efficacy beliefs of elderly persons are significantly stronger predictors of loneliness and psychological distress than are demographics, social support, and physical health variables used in earlier predictor models.
Sources of Life Strengths as Predictors of Late-Life Mortality and Survivorship
  • P. Fry, D. Debats
  • Psychology
    International journal of aging & human…
  • 1 June 2006
TLDR
For men lower education and low levels of perceived internal control, personal commitment, and physical functioning are associated with the greatest threat to mortality but these factors are largely inconsequential for women's survival.
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