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dc.contributor.authorVermote, Branko
dc.contributor.authorMorbee, Sofie
dc.contributor.authorSoenens, Bart
dc.contributor.authorVansteenkiste, Maarten
dc.contributor.authorWaterschoot, Joachim
dc.contributor.authorBeyers, Wim
dc.contributor.authorVan der Kaap-Deeder, Jolene
dc.description.abstractLate adults differ in the degree to which their mental health is impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, with interindividual differences in their capacity to mobilize coping resources playing an important role. Therefore, the search for inner sources of resilience is important to understand late adults’ adaptation to this crisis. Based on Goal Content Theory, a mini-theory within the broader Self-Determination Theory, this study aimed to examine whether older adults’ valuation and attainment of intrinsic goals represent such a source of resilience. Intrinsic goals would form a solid foundation to experience a sense of meaning during this crisis, which, in turn, relates to higher well-being (i.e., life satisfaction and vitality) and lower ill-being (i.e., symptoms of depression, anxiety, and loneliness). During the second month of the lockdown period in Belgium, 693 older adults (Mage = 70.06, SD = 4.48, range: 65 – 89 years, 62.1% female) filled out online questionnaires concerning the study variables. Structural equation modeling showed that intrinsic goal attainment and goal importance related positively to experiences of meaning in life which, in turn, were related to higher levels of well-being and lower levels of ill-being. No evidence was found for an interaction effect between intrinsic goal attainment and goal importance. Supporting late adults’ pursuit and attainment of meaningful intrinsic goals relates to their well-being and may potentially strengthen their resilience in times of crisis.en_US
dc.rightsNavngivelse 4.0 Internasjonal*
dc.titleHow Do Late Adults Experience Meaning During the COVID-19 Lockdown? The Role of Intrinsic Goalsen_US
dc.title.alternativeHow Do Late Adults Experience Meaning During the COVID-19 Lockdown? The Role of Intrinsic Goalsen_US
dc.typePeer revieweden_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.source.journalJournal of Happiness Studiesen_US

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