Change and stability in subjective well-being over the transition from higher education to employment
2014 (English)In: Book of Proceedings, 11th Conference of the European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology,: looking at the past - planning for the future: capitalizing on OHP multidisciplinarity / [ed] Nicholas John Artin Andreou, Aditya Jain, David Hollis, Juliet Hassard and Kevin Teoh, Nottingham: European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology, 2014, 327-328 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
The transition from higher education (HE) to employment is an anticipated life event experienced by many adults. This transition involves further socialization into work but is typically paralleled by other life changes as well. While the negative effects of such transitions have been investigated, little is known about changes in subjective well-being (SWB). This study set out to investigate SWB trajectories in terms of affective well-being (AWB) and cognitive well-being (SWB) over the transition from HE to employment. Data came from a seven-year nationwide longitudinal cohort study where student nurses (N = 1,702) were assessed annually. Longitudinal analyses showed a positive effect, particularly on AWB, of leaving higher education and starting work. Yet the effects decreased over time, suggesting that individuals over time adapt to this anticipated life event and that other factors, including challenges at work, influence long-term SWB. Consistent with previous findings, demographic factors had little impact, which may partly relate to the relative homogeneity of the student cohort. In showing that an anticipated life event such as the transition from HE to employment is paralleled by differential AWB and CWB trajectories, this study furthers the understanding of individual development as related to SWB during adulthood.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Nottingham: European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology, 2014. 327-328 p.
well-being, higher education, transition, employment, life event
Research subject Psychology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-108501ISBN: 978-0-9928786-1-0OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-108501DiVA: diva2:759229
11th Conference of the European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology, 14-16 April 2014,London, UK
Financial support came from AFA Insurance to Prof. Gustavsson.2014-10-292014-10-292014-11-28Bibliographically approved