Authors: Danuta Chessor and Katrina Simpson , NSW
Event: 2010 TheMHS Conference
Subject: optimism as a positive outcome
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Thinking positively and having a positive outlook on life is helpful for psychological well-being. The optimism/pessimism dichotomy represents a particular bias in perceptions of expectations and of life events. Evidence shows that optimism as a positive outcome expectancy acts as a protective factor for psychological well-being. There is research saying that optimism can moderate the relationship between stress, perceived stress and well-being. The purpose of this study was to see to what degree did optimism moderate perceived stress, anxiety and depression. This was a convenience sample of first year psychology students who completed the Life Orientation Questionnaire –Revised, as well as the Satisfaction with Life Scale and the Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale-42. Results were correlated for the Satisfaction with Life Scale with the Life Orientation Scale – Revised and the Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale-42. Results indicated a significant correlation of Satisfaction with Life and optimism and a significant correlation of Satisfaction with Life and optimism even when Depression, anxiety and stress were added to the equation.