Jonathan S. Gore
Feeling connected to others is a basic human need, but there are types of social connections that have yet to be examined in relation to one’s own well-being. We hypothesized that identifying with people in one’s community, country, and world will all predict unique variance across multiple forms of well-being. Participants from Eastern Kentucky University (n = 507) completed surveys that assessed the participant’s varying identifications, along with their life satisfaction, self-esteem, hope, and purpose in life. Results revealed that the hypothesis was partially supported. Identifying with people in one’s community and country predicted well-being, but identifying with all humanity did not uniquely predict well-being. Outreach programs can use this information to better understand their jobs and their staff.