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ERIC Number: ED256988
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Well-Being and Time: A Factor Analytic Study.
Nehrke, Milton F.; And Others
While scales assessing psychological well-being have been used both as criterion measures and as variables of interest in their own right, there has been little attempt to deal with the issue of the time-boundedness of perceived well-being. A study was undertaken to examine the combined factor structure of two measures of well-being, the Philadelphia Geriatric Center Morale Scale (PGC) and the Life Satisfaction Index A (LSIA), and to explore the possibility of interpreting the resulting factors using time as a focus. Male residents (N=420) of a veteran's administration domiciliary were administered the PGC and the LSIA. The data from the two scales were combined and factor analyzed using a varimax rotation. Seven factors, which accounted for a total of 46.7 percent of the variance, were retained in the analysis. When a demanding loading criterion was used to define the factor structure of the combined well-being measures, the two measures were relatively independent. There did appear to be a time orientation aspect within the factors: four factors were oriented toward the present, one was oriented toward the past, and two were oriented toward the future. The results suggest that a person may simultaneously express varying levels of well-being regarding his past, present, and future. (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A