Grit is associated with lower depression via meaning in life among Filipino high school students

Jesus Alfonso Daep DATU, Ronnel Bornasal KING, Jana Patricia Millonado VALDEZ, Maria Susie EALA

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Abstract

Grit—passion and perseverance for long-term goals—has been linked to a wide array of positive academic and psychological outcomes. However, limited research has been conducted to explore the association of grit with different indicators of well-being and psychological health. The primary objective of this study was to assess the associations among grit, meaning in life, and depression. There were 447 Filipino high school students who participated in the study. Results of structural equation modeling showed that grit was linked to higher levels of meaning in life dimensions (i.e., presence of meaning and search for meaning in life) and presence of meaning was associated with lower depression. Bias-corrected bootstrapping revealed that grit had an indirect negative influence on depression through the intermediate variable—presence of meaning in life. Theoretical and practical implications are elucidated. Copyright © 2018 The Author(s).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)865-876
JournalYouth & Society
Volume51
Issue number6
Early online dateFeb 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Sep 2019

Citation

Datu, J. A. D., King, R. B., Valdez, J. P. M., & Eala, M. S. M. (2019). Grit is associated with lower depression via meaning in life among Filipino high school students. Youth & Society, 51(6), 865-876. doi: 10.1177/0044118X18760402

Keywords

  • Grit
  • Meaning in life
  • Depression

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