Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/17589
Title: Facility for sustained positive affect as an individual difference characteristic
Contributor(s): Schutte, Nicola  (author)orcid ; Malouff, John M  (author)
Publication Date: 2015
Open Access: Yes
DOI: 10.1080/23311908.2014.997422Open Access Link
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/17589
Abstract: A series of studies investigated a proposed new individual difference characteristic or trait, facility for sustained positive affect, consisting of tendencies that allow individuals to maintain a high level of positive mood. Exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses resulted in the creation of a measure, the self-congruent and new activities (SANA) scale which identified two core aspects of sustainable positive affect, engaging in self-congruent activities and engaging in new activities. A higher level of facility for sustainable affect, as operationalized by the SANA scale, was associated with maintenance of positive mood for a month, fewer symptoms of depression and anxiety, less negative affect, and more life satisfaction, relationship satisfaction, work satisfaction, mindfulness, personal expansion and growth, and emotional intelligence. The results provided initial evidence that facility to maintain positive affect may be an emotion-related individual difference characteristic.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Cogent Psychology, 2(1), p. 1-20
Publisher: Cogent OA
Place of Publication: United States of America
ISSN: 2331-1908
Field of Research (FoR) 2008: 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Field of Research (FoR) 2020: 520303 Counselling psychology
520304 Health psychology
520302 Clinical psychology
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: undefined
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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