To belong is to matter: sense of belonging enhances meaning in life

Lambert, Nathaniel M., Stillman, Tyler F., Hicks, Joshua A., Kamble, Shanmukh, Baumeister, Roy F. and Fincham, Frank D. (2013) To belong is to matter: sense of belonging enhances meaning in life. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 39 11: 1418-1427. doi:10.1177/0146167213499186

Author Lambert, Nathaniel M.
Stillman, Tyler F.
Hicks, Joshua A.
Kamble, Shanmukh
Baumeister, Roy F.
Fincham, Frank D.
Title To belong is to matter: sense of belonging enhances meaning in life
Journal name Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0146-1672
Publication date 2013-11-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0146167213499186
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 39
Issue 11
Start page 1418
End page 1427
Total pages 10
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA United States
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Abstract In four methodologically diverse studies (N = 644), we found correlational (Study 1), longitudinal (Study 2), and experimental (Studies 3 and 4) evidence that a sense of belonging predicts how meaningful life is perceived to be. In Study 1 (n = 126), we found a strong positive correlation between sense of belonging and meaningfulness. In Study 2 (n = 248), we found that initial levels of sense of belonging predicted perceived meaningfulness of life, obtained 3 weeks later. Furthermore, initial sense of belonging predicted independent evaluations of participants essays on meaning in life. In Studies 3 (n = 105) and 4 (n = 165), we primed participants with belongingness, social support, or social value and found that those primed with belongingness (Study 3) or who increased in belongingness (Study 4) reported the highest levels of perceived meaning. In Study 4, belonging mediated the relationship between experimental condition and meaning.
Keyword Religion
Emotion in relationships
Group processes
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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