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How Being an Optimist Makes a Difference: The Protective Role of Optimism in Adolescents' Adjustment to Parental Separation

  • This longitudinal study of N = 1,566 adolescents investigated the protective role of optimism in adjustment to parental separation, focusing on two salient challenges faced by adolescents, namely academic achievement and self-esteem. Based on latent change models, the results indicated associations between parental separation and short-term declines in academic achievement as well as short-term and longer term declines in self-esteem. Although optimism in general showed positive associations with academic achievement and self-esteem, its role as a protective factor proved to be particularly important for academic achievement in adjustment following parental separation.

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Author:Julia TetznerORCiDGND, Michael Becker
ISSN:1948-5506 (print)
ISSN:1948-5514 (online)
Parent Title (English):Social psychological and personality science
Publisher:Sage Publ.
Place of publication:Thousand Oaks
Document Type:Article
Year of first Publication:2015
Year of Completion:2015
Release Date:2017/03/27
Tag:academic achievement; longitudinal study; optimism; parental separation; self-esteem
First Page:325
Last Page:333
Organizational units:Humanwissenschaftliche Fakultät / Institut für Erziehungswissenschaft
Peer Review:Referiert
Notes extern:Zweitveröffentlichung in der Schriftenreihe Postprints der Universität Potsdam : Humanwissenschaftliche Reihe ; 396