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Pathways to life success: A conceptual model of financial well-being for young adults

Shim, S., Xiao, J.J., Barber, B.L. and Lyons, A.C. (2009) Pathways to life success: A conceptual model of financial well-being for young adults. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 30 (6). pp. 708-723.

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The purpose of this study is to describe and test a conceptual model of the potential antecedents and consequences of financial well-being in young adulthood. Data (N = 781) were collected via an online survey conducted at a large state university in the southwestern United States. Our results suggest that self-actualizing personal values, financial education at home, and formal financial education at school may play important anticipatory socialization roles in the ways that young adults acquire knowledge about financial matters and form attitudes and behavioral intentions based on that knowledge. These financial domains, along with parental normative expectations and young adults' perceived behavioral control, were related to their financial well-being, which was in turn related to academic success and overall life satisfaction, as well as psychological and physical health. Theoretical and applied implications are provided.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Psychology
Publisher: Elsevier BV
Copyright: © 2009 Elsevier Inc. All
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