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Authors: Reinecke, Leonard
Kreling, Rebekka Johanna
Title: The longitudinal influence of hedonic and eudaimonic entertainment preferences on psychological resilience and wellbeing
Online publication date: 7-Nov-2022
Year of first publication: 2022
Language: english
Abstract: Narratives and media entertainment are central sources of meaningful experiences in everyday life and provide role models and learning opportunities for coping with adversity and life challenges. Though a growing body of research demonstrates beneficial short-term effects of entertainment use on recovery and stress coping, a test of longitudinal effects on positive adaptation to adversity is largely missing. The present study aims at providing a salutogenic perspective on the mental health effects of entertainment use by addressing the longitudinal relationship between hedonic and eudaimonic entertainment preferences (i.e., the individual entertainment diet) and three indicators of psychological resilience: hope, meaning in life, and trait resilience. Pre-registered hypotheses and research questions were tested based on data from a longitudinal panel study with two waves over a 6-month time period and N = 2,561 participants from Germany. The findings demonstrate that only meaning in life at T2 was significantly albeit weakly predicted by eudaimonic entertainment preferences at T1, providing limited support for prospective effects of entertainment use on resilience. In contrast, the data demonstrate selective exposure effects of hope and trait resilience at T1 on eudaimonic and hedonic entertainment preferences at T2. All three resilience indicators were significant predictors of mental health and psychological wellbeing. We discuss implications of our findings for future research on salutary mental health effects of narratives and media entertainment.
DDC: 070 Nachrichtenmedien
070 News media
150 Psychologie
150 Psychology
Institution: Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Department: Kommunikation und Presse
Place: Mainz
Version: Published version
Publication type: Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Document type specification: Scientific article
License: CC BY
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Journal: Frontiers in communication
Pages or article number: 991458
Publisher: Frontiers Media
Publisher place: Lausanne
Issue date: 2022
ISSN: 2297-900X
Publisher DOI: 10.3389/fcomm.2022.991458
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