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Liem, Gregory Arief D.
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Work in identity theory is well established and has been used extensively to investigate the importance of identity formation towards both hedonic and eudaimonic well-being outcomes. However, the mechanisms that drive these differences in well-being are scant in the main literature. The present study focused on one such mechanism - well-being orientations, which is postulated to mediate the effects of identity development processes enroute to well-being outcomes. The study was conducted on a sample of Singaporean young adults (N = 237) between the ages of 21 to 35. Using a path analysis approach, the study found that well-being orientations partially mediated the effects of identity processes on well-being outcomes. The results showed that eudaimonic orientation mediated the pathways from commitment making, ruminative exploration, and exploration-in-depth toward positive affect, life satisfaction, sense of purpose, purposeful personal expressiveness, and effortful engagement. Additionally, eudaimonic orientation also mediated the pathway from exploration-in-depth to positive affect. Hedonic orientation on the other hand did not mediate any relationships between identity development processes and well-being outcomes. The results provided evidence that eudaimonic orientation serve as the key mechanism towards improving both hedonic and eudaimonic well-being outcomes in identity resolution. Providing support for and having increased opportunities to express this eudaimonic orientation can lead to better well-being in individuals.
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