Elizabeth A. Yu, Ph.D. Candidate, Clinical Science
Meaning in life has long been argued and found to be important in psychological adjustment and well-being. While personal meaning in life has been well studied as a correlate and predictor of many personal well-being outcomes, it is unclear how relational meaning in life (i.e., the meaning in life that one has through their relationships with others) contributes to well-being, especially to other relational/interpersonal well-being outcomes (e.g., family life satisfaction, positive relationships, quality of relationships). In this presentation I will share some of the findings from my dissertations studies. Study 1 sought to examine for the factor structure and reliability of the Relational Meaning in Life Questionnaire (RMLQ). Study 2 sought to examine for the role of the RMLQ in predicting well-being and adjustment outcomes, above and beyond personal meaning in life. Finally, Study 3 sought to further examine for the role of the RMLQ in predicting variance in other well-being and adjustment outcomes above and beyond social support. Findings, implications, and future directions will be discussed.