Pursuing the good life: An examination of purpose, meaningful engagement, and psychological well-being in emerging adulthood.

Authors: 
Matthew J. Bundick
Publication Year: 
2009
Publication name or Publisher: 
Stanford Digital Repository

Emerging adulthood represents a critical phase for the development of purpose in life, yet little is known about the process through which young people become purposeful, or what the lasting benefits of such purposefulness might be. The present investigation explored four primary hypotheses though three interconnected studies. The first hypothesis, addressed in Study 1 using cross-sectional data, posited that purpose and meaningful engagement would be associated with psychological well-being. The second hypothesis proposed a mediational model, wherein the relationship between meaningful engagement and psycholo