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Advances in Psychological Science    2016, Vol. 24 Issue (12) : 1854-1863     DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2016.01854
Meta-Analysis |
The relationship between meaning in life and subjective well-being in China: A Meta-analysis
JIN Yuchang1; HE Mingcheng1; LI Junyi2
(1 School of Teacher Education and Psychology, Sichuan Normal University, Chengdu 610066, China) (2 School of Psychology, Central China Normal University, Wuhan 430079, China)
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Abstract  

A meta-analysis was conducted to explore the relationship between meaning in life and subjective well-being. Forty-five relevant studies met the criteria of meta-analysis were taken into research. All studies included 51 independent samples with a total of 27291 participants. Results of meta-analysis showed that meaning in life has a positive correlation with subjective well-being (r = 0.505, p < 0.001), life satisfaction (r = 0.395, p < 0.001), and positive affect (r = 0.325, p < 0.001) significantly, while a negative relationship with negative affect (r = −0.195, p < 0.1). The relationship between meaning in life and subjective well- being was regulated by gender differences and type of participants (e.g. gender differences could significantly positively adjust this relationship). Results suggested that meaning in life could predict subjective well- being effectively.

Keywords meaning in life      presence of meaning      search for meaning      subjective well-being      life satisfaction      positive affect      negative affect     
Corresponding Authors: JIN Yuchang, E-mail: jinyuchang@gmail.com   
Issue Date: 15 December 2016
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JIN Yuchang,HE Mingcheng,LI Junyi. The relationship between meaning in life and subjective well-being in China: A Meta-analysis[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2016, 24(12): 1854-1863.
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http://journal.psych.ac.cn/xlkxjz/EN/10.3724/SP.J.1042.2016.01854     OR     http://journal.psych.ac.cn/xlkxjz/EN/Y2016/V24/I12/1854
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