Goal commitment to finding a partner and satisfaction with life among female singles: The mediating role of rumination

W. A. Gebhardt, M. P. Van Der Doef, E. K. Massey, C. J.M. Verhoeven, B. Verkuil

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Abstract

In this cross-sectional study among 1502 female singles between the ages of 18 and 50, commitment to the goal of finding a partner was negatively related to satisfaction with life. In line with our expectations, this relationship was fully mediated by ruminating about being and remaining single. The relationship between rumination and lower satisfaction with life was stronger in the older age groups. The findings support the notion that rumination is an important mechanism through which goal commitment may negatively influence well-being, and that reducing one"s level of commitment to the pursuit of stage-specific life goals may be beneficial when reaching a new developmental stage.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)122-130
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Volume15
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2010

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