The relational and mental health payoffs of staying gritty during the COVID-19 pandemic: A cross-cultural study in the Philippines and the United States

Jesus Alfonso Daep DATU, Frank D. FINCHAM

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Abstract

This study examined how the triarchic model of grit (i.e., perseverance of effort, consistency of interests, and adaptability to situations) is related to cultivation of genuine happiness, loneliness, and COVID-19 anxiety in American (n = 643) and Filipino (n = 546) undergraduate students. It also explored whether grit had indirect effects on such social and well-being outcomes via relatedness needs satisfaction and meaning in life. Results of structural equation modeling demonstrated that whereas all grit dimensions were linked to increased relatedness needs satisfaction and meaning in life in the United States, only consistency and adaptability were associated with such constructs in the Philippines. Meaning in life was related to increased cultivation of happiness and reduced loneliness in both societies. Relatedness needs satisfaction was associated with higher happiness as well as decreased COVID-19 anxiety and loneliness in the United States and the Philippines. Finally, evidence supported indirect effects of grit on cultivation of genuine happiness via relatedness needs satisfaction and meaning in life in both settings. This research complements existing literature on the relational and psychological benefits of staying gritty in different societies. Copyright © 2021 The Author(s).
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Social and Personal Relationships
Early online dateJul 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - Jul 2021

Citation

Datu, J. A. D., & Fincham, F. D. (2021). The relational and mental health payoffs of staying gritty during the COVID-19 pandemic: A cross-cultural study in the Philippines and the United States. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/02654075211029380

Keywords

  • COVID-19 anxiety
  • Grit
  • Needs satisfaction
  • Well-being

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