Developing well-being as one grows older : A mixed method study
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Original versionBauger, L. (2020). Developing well-being as one grows older: A mixed method study (Doctoral thesis). University of Agder, Kristiansand.
Living the good life has been a topic of interest for centuries and is often captured by the phenomenon of well-being. However, there are different opinions on what wellbeing consists of and what the good life entails. The different understandings of wellbeing are typically categorized as concerned with either hedonia (feelings and experiences) or eudaimonia (positive functioning), but there are also integrated approaches that combine the two perspectives. Most would agree that the experience of both hedonia and eudaimonia can be considered the greatest form of well-being. In addition to the interest in understanding what well-being consist of, there are substantial investigations into the phenomenon’s relationship with, and effects on, other phenomena. In this thesis, old age and the capacity for self-authorship are two phenomena which well-being is investigated in relation to.
Has partsPaper I: Bauger, L. & Bongaardt, R. (2017). Structural developmental psychology and health promotion in the third age. Health Promotion International, 33(4), 686-694. doi: https://doi.org/10.1093/heapro/daw104. Published version. Full-text is available in AURA as a separate file.
Paper II: Bauger, L. & Bongaardt, R. (2016). The lived experience of well-being in retirement: A phenomenological study. International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, 11(1): 33110. doi: https://doi.org/10.3402/qhw.v11.33110. Published version. Full-text is available in AURA as a separate file.
Bauger, L., Bongaardt, R. & Bauer, J. J. (Forthcoming). Maturity and happiness: The development of self-authorship, eudaimonic motives, generations, and subjective well-being. Journal of Happiness Studies. Manuscript. Full-text is not available in AURA as a separate file.