October 25, 2018

1:00-2:00 p.m.

Please note: This event is for invited researchers only.

Relational Meaning in Life as a Predictor of Interpersonal Well-being

Talk description:
Presentation Description: Several decades of research has consistently found meaning in life to be positively associated with a wide range of intrapersonal adjustment and well-being outcomes including life satisfaction, happiness, and positive affect, as well as inversely associated with stress, depression, and suicide risk. Although researchers and theorists have long argued and demonstrated that humans are interconnected beings and have stressed the importance of understanding individuals through relationships, few studies have examined how meaning in life is associated with interpersonal well-being outcomes. This study sought to examine meaning in life as a predictor of a wide range of interpersonal well-being outcomes (e.g., positive friendship functions, family life satisfaction, positive relationships). Furthermore, relational meaning in life was examined as a predictor of interpersonal well-being outcomes, above and beyond personal meaning in life.

At this presentation, Elizabeth will share her dissertation work involving the development of the Relational Meaning in Life Questionnaire and its utility in furthering the understanding of how meaning in life is related to interpersonal well-being outcomes. She will discuss other current and future research projects involving the Relational Meaning in Life Questionnaire.

Elizabeth Yu is a fifth year PhD Candidate in the Clinical Science area in the Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan. Her research interests involve social and personality factors that affect mental health. Specifically, she is interested in the function of meaning in life, interpersonal relationships, perfectionism, and positive future cognitions as correlates and predictors of adjustment. Key to her research interests is the consideration of culture and context, especially in ethnic minority populations. More generally, Elizabeth is interested in identifying predictors of adjustment in different racial/ethnic groups and their implications for clinical practice.

Research is the heart of Positive Organizational Scholarship (POS), and we want to make sure that we support each other in developing high quality research. To that end, we created the Adderley Positive Research Incubator for sharing and encouraging POS-related research ideas that are at various stages of development.

Learn more about the Adderley Positive Research Incubator here and direct questions about individual sessions to Amy Young at baldwin@umich.edu.