Adolescents' Well-Being and Perceived Control Across 14 Sociocultural Contexts

Alexander Grob, Alexander J. Wearing, Todd D. Little, Brigitte Wanner

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The sweeping sociopolitical changes in Eastern Europe and the importance of self-related resources in facilitating adolescents' transitions to adulthood motivated this study on the effects of sociocultural context on adolescents' perceived control and well-being (N = 3,844; 7 Western contexts, 7 Eastern). The authors found that the mean levels of well-being and perceived control varied along stable Western vs. unstable Eastern sociohistorical contexts: (a) Eastern adolescents showed lower levels of well-being (perhaps related to economic aspects of change) and (b) higher levels of perceived control (perhaps related to perceived freedoms implied in the direction of change). Notably, however, the individual-difference relations (correlations) among the constructs were very uniform across the 14 settings, suggesting that the adaptive psychological interface between well-being and personal control is relatively robust against sociopolitical influences.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)785-795
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of personality and social psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1996


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