Family functioning and psychological outcomes in emerging adulthood: Savoring positive experiences as a mediating mechanism

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Abstract

The present study tested the mediating role of perceived capability of savoring positive experiences in the associations between family functioning and emerging adults' psychological outcomes, namely, depressive symptoms and life satisfaction. A sample of 167 Chinese emerging adults (112 female) were recruited from two major universities in Hong Kong. Participants were asked to complete a set of self-reported questionnaires. Findings based on structural equation modeling indicated that family functioning and savoring positive experiences were associated with emerging adults' depressive symptoms and life satisfaction. Results from bootstrapping further suggested savoring positive experiences as a partial mediator between family functioning and depressive symptoms. These findings enriched the literature by suggesting family dynamics and savoring positive experiences as important correlates of psychological outcomes in the Chinese context. Contributions of these findings to the understanding of psychological functioning in emerging adulthood are discussed. Copyright © 2018 The Author(s).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2693-2713
JournalJournal of Social and Personal Relationships
Volume36
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2019

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Cheung, R. Y. M., Leung, M. C., Chiu, H. T., Kwan, J. L. Y., Yee, L. T. S., & Hou, W. K. (2019). Family functioning and psychological outcomes in emerging adulthood: Savoring positive experiences as a mediating mechanism. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 36(9), 2693-2713. doi: 10.1177/0265407518798499

Keywords

  • Depressive symptoms
  • Family functioning
  • Life satisfaction
  • Psychological functioning
  • Savoring positive experiences