Psychological Well-Being is Essential to Well-Being: Malaysia Evidence


Pang, Mary and Lai, Ming Ming and Chong, Lee Lee (2020) Psychological Well-Being is Essential to Well-Being: Malaysia Evidence. International Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation, 24 (6). pp. 10515-10524. ISSN 1475-7192

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The transition event into retirement can be considered as a trivial life event in old age. Nevertheless, psychological well-being is important because it may benefit an individual to achieve greater wellbeing during retirement. Hence, this paper examines the dimensions of psychological well-being of retirees in Malaysia via thematic analysis using Nvivo software. An in-depth personal interview was conducted on a total of fifty retirees aged 45 and above from seven selected states in west Malaysia. The results of this study were found to be consistent with self-determination theory as well as the six dimensions of psychological well-being developed by Ryff and Keyes in 1995. The thematic analysis managed to identify six themes, namely acceptance of strength and weakness, continuing improvement, meaningful activities/ experience, capacity to reduce stress, selfcontrol, and quality relationship. Given its significance, the results further imply that one has to achieve a certain level of psychological well-being to further enhance one’s overall well-being. Hence, it can be concluded that one has to have both psychological well-being and subjective well-being rather than dealing with each well-being separately. More importantly, both well-being may have an interdependence relationship and complement one another.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Psychological Well-Being, Well-Being, Aging, Well-being—Age factors
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Management (FOM)
Depositing User: Ms Rosnani Abd Wahab
Date Deposited: 10 May 2021 13:29
Last Modified: 10 May 2021 13:29


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