The satisfied lives of gifted and gritty adolescents: Linking grit to career self-efficacy and life satisfaction

Jesus Alfonso Daep DATU, Mantak YUEN, Eric FUNG, Jiahong ZHANG, Serene CHAN, Florence WU

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Abstract

Passion and perseverance for long-term goals (often referred to as grit) has been found to be associated with well-being in typically developing students and adults. However, previous studies primarily relied on a two-factor model of grit, underpinned by perseverance of effort and consistency of interests. This model has received considerable theoretical and methodological criticisms. The research examined the association of an alternative model of grit underpinned by perseverance of effort and adaptability to situations as key dimensions, with students’ life satisfaction in Chinese gifted adolescents in Hong Kong. Structural equation modeling via maximum likelihood estimation approach demonstrated that perseverance was linked to higher levels of life satisfaction. Adaptability was indirectly linked to increased life satisfaction via the intermediate variable – career development self-efficacy. Results indicate that perceived confidence in career-related activities might serve as a mechanism through which grit may be linked to higher well-being in gifted students. Copyright © 2022 The Author(s).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1052-1072
JournalJournal of Early Adolescence
Volume42
Issue number8
Early online dateMay 2022
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - May 2022

Citation

Datu, J. A. D., Yuen, M., Fung, E., Zhang, J., Chan, S., & Wu, F. (2022). The satisfied lives of gifted and gritty adolescents: Linking grit to career self-efficacy and life satisfaction. Journal of Early Adolescence, 42(8), 1052-1072. doi: 10.1177/02724316221096082

Keywords

  • Career development self-efficacy
  • Chinese
  • Gifted adolescents
  • Grit
  • Life satisfaction

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