The role of personality factors in the dynamics of context and psychological well-being.

by Q Michael Temane, Marié. P Wissing
Journal of Psychology in Africa ()


The purpose of this study was to determine personality factors that mediate between context and psychological well-being. A convenience sample of 514 mutlicultural participants from Potchefstroom (n = 384) and Mafikeng (n = 130) comprising mainly of black and white students was drawn. The participants completed measures on extraversion and agreeableness and psychological well-being in a cross-sectional survey. Context was defined in terms of differentials pertaining to race, socioeconomic differentials and infrastructural resources. Regression analyses indicated the viability of relationships among context, personality and psychological well-being. Structural equation models showed that both extraversion and agreeableness mediate the relationship between context and psychological well-being. Future research using longitudinal designs may study the importance of social context, personality factors and psychological well-being within and between groups. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract)

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