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| Published: June 25, 2016

Psychological Well-Being across Gender and Socio-Economic Status among Middle Adults

Reshma. N. S. ,

Research Scholar, Department of Post Graduate Studies and Research in Psychology, S.D.M.College (Autonomous), Ujire, Karnataka, India Google Scholar More about the auther

Manjula. M. Y.

Professor & Head, Department of Post Graduate Studies and Research in Psychology, S.D.M.College (Autonomous), Ujire, Karnataka, India Google Scholar More about the auther

DIP: 18.01.067/20160303

DOI: 10.25215/0303.067

ABSTRACT

Psychological well-being can be referred to as positive psychological functioning, which involves multidimensional constructs as well as the degree to which an individual perceives himself/herself as functioning well on areas like self acceptance, environmental mastery, personal growth and positive relationships. The current study aims at exploring psychological well-being across gender and socio-economic status among middle adults. The study consists of 266 middle adults (male=101, females=168) selected from 3 different socio-economic status groups (high=75, middle=114, low=77). The sample was drawn from urban population from Mangalore city. The age of the sample ranged between 40-55 yrs. Kuppuswamy’s socio-economic status scale (R-2012) and psychological well-being scale by Seema Mehrotra (2013) were administered. The data was analyzed using two-way ANOVA and post hoc test of least significant difference. The results revealed that women have significantly higher positive relations than men. Findings related to different socio-economic groups revealed that, adults belonging to high socio-economic status groups have significantly higher self-acceptance, mastery & competency, engagement & growth and overall psychological well-being compared to adults from low socio-economic status group, and significantly higher mastery & competency, overall psychological well-being than middle socio-economic status group. Middle socio-economic group adults have significantly higher self-acceptance, engagement & growth, and overall psychological well-being when compared to adults from low socio-economic status group.
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Reshma. N. S. @ reshma.asthana9@gmail.com

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ISSN 2348-5396

ISSN 2349-3429

DIP: 18.01.067/20160303

DOI: 10.25215/0303.067

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Published in   Volume 03, Issue 3, April-June, 2016

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