Positivity ratio of flourishing individuals: Examining the moderation effects of methodological variations and chronological age

Amit Shrira, Ehud Bodner, Yuval Palgi

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Abstract

We tested the relationship between flourishing and positivity ratio while accounting for different measures of affect and rating scale formats. We further examined age-related differences in positivity ratio. Studies 1 and 2 showed that positivity ratio is affected by the measure used, but not by the rating scale format. Study 3 further showed that positivity ratio is higher among older adults. The above pattern of methodological variations was replicated in Study 4 with daily ratings of emotions and in Study 5 where emotions were rated on an extended scale. Study 5 also replicated the aforementioned age effect. Together these studies suggest that positivity ratio is moderated by methodological variants and individual differences, such as chronological age. Future studies should account for these possible moderation effects when exploring the positivity ratio and its relationship to flourishing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-123
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Positive Psychology
Volume11
Issue number2
Early online date6 May 2015
DOIs
StatePublished - 3 Mar 2016

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Publisher Copyright:
© 2015 Taylor & Francis.

Keywords

  • age
  • flourishing
  • measurement
  • mental health
  • positivity ratio

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