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ERIC Number: EJ930976
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Aug
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0140-1971
Tomorrow I Could Be in Trouble...but the Sun Will Come out Next Year: The Effect of Temporal Distance on Adolescents' Judgments of Life Satisfaction
Garcia, Danilo; Rosenberg, Patricia; Siddiqui, Anver
Journal of Adolescence, v34 n4 p751-757 Aug 2011
In a series of three studies, we examined adolescents' judgments of temporal life satisfaction (LS). We based our predictions in the notion of temporal distance influence in the level of construal of near- and distant-future events. In Study 1 we found that adolescents enhance future and present LS while devaluating past LS. Manipulating temporal distance in Study 2 and 3 and examining differences between- and within-subjects, respectively, we found that adolescents expected to be more satisfied with their life in the distant- than in the near-future. Moreover, framing LS in the near-future led adolescents to expect lower LS than they reported one week earlier. In contrast, expectations for own LS in the distant-future were not higher than self-reported LS measured one week before the experiment. The authors discuss implications for theory development and implications in the study of adolescents' LS. (Contains 3 graphs.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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