Title

Well-Being from an Occupational Perspective: Testing a Conceptual Model Using SEM

Start Time

16-10-2009 9:30 AM

End Time

16-10-2009 11:00 AM

Abstract

One of the key factors for promoting well-being lies in balancing one's daily life occupations and the nature of these occupations. Yet it is not clear what constitutes occupational balance, and its association to other factors has not been examined systematically. This study proposed and tested theoretical models for specifying the structural relationships between occupational imbalance, occupational characteristics, personality and well-being using Structural Equation Modeling. 288 working adults completed the following questionnaires: Inter-goal Relation Questionnaire (occupational imbalance), Personal Projects Analysis (occupational characteristics), the Big Five Inventory (personality traits) and the Satisfaction with Life Scale (well-being). Structural equation modeling supported each of the 25 models to varying degrees. Occupational characteristics served as significant mediators between personality and well-being, yet occupational imbalance was not. Our findings provide substantial support for the importance of occupation to well-being, however occupational imbalance is still an elusive concept that requires further investigation theoretically and empirically while incorporating a mix-method approach.

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Well-Being from an Occupational Perspective: Testing a Conceptual Model Using SEM

One of the key factors for promoting well-being lies in balancing one's daily life occupations and the nature of these occupations. Yet it is not clear what constitutes occupational balance, and its association to other factors has not been examined systematically. This study proposed and tested theoretical models for specifying the structural relationships between occupational imbalance, occupational characteristics, personality and well-being using Structural Equation Modeling. 288 working adults completed the following questionnaires: Inter-goal Relation Questionnaire (occupational imbalance), Personal Projects Analysis (occupational characteristics), the Big Five Inventory (personality traits) and the Satisfaction with Life Scale (well-being). Structural equation modeling supported each of the 25 models to varying degrees. Occupational characteristics served as significant mediators between personality and well-being, yet occupational imbalance was not. Our findings provide substantial support for the importance of occupation to well-being, however occupational imbalance is still an elusive concept that requires further investigation theoretically and empirically while incorporating a mix-method approach.