Does mental well-being predict being perceived as a happy peer? A longitudinal social network study

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Tejada Gallardo, ClaudiaTejada Gallardo, Claudia - ORCID ID
Blasco Belled, AnaBlasco Belled, Ana - ORCID ID
Alsinet, CarlesAlsinet, Carles - ORCID ID
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cc-by-nc-nd (c) Claudia Tejada-Gallardo, Ana Blasco-Belled, Carles Alsinet, 2023
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Social processes depend on individual features that make possible the development of social relationships and strong ties. Mental well-being (i.e., emotional, social, and psychological) in particular plays a key role in these processes influencing the formation of social ties. However, little is known about the potential of perceiving individuals as happy because of their levels of mental well-being. The aim of the study is to perform a longitudinal social network analysis to explore how mental well-being predicts being perceived as a happy individual. The study sample comprised 240 first-year university students and data were gathered through self-reported measures and peer reports, asking the students to select happy peers according to their perceptions. Results confirmed that mental well-being influenced the judgments of individuals regarding being perceived as a happy peer at zero-acquaintance level. These findings support mental well-being as an important resource to facilitate the development of social relationships.
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Personality and Individual Differences, 2023, vol. 202, 111988