Can stress appraisals of “garden variety” political life events impact psychological well-being? Do events such as battles over affordable health care, budget sequestration, or government shutdowns affect the psychological health and happiness of citizens? How about the 2016 US Presidential election?
On Friday, October 20, Professor Krys Kaniasty will present on “How Everyday Politics Affect Psychological and Social Well-Being.” The talk is about several studies conducted in Poland, the United States, and Israel that attempted to examine the psychological impact of global subjective appraisals of influence exerted on peoples’ lives by common political events.
The Warsaw Appraisal of Political Stress Inventory (WAPSI, 24 to 28 items) was used as a general measure of the degree to which ordinary and public political events were judged as taxing or burdensome. Political self-efficacy, interest in politics, perceived political social support, and political collective efficacy were also assessed as potential moderators of the link between political stress appraisals and subjective well-being (satisfaction with life, flourishing, positive mood, and sense of alienation).
The analyses within each sample produced slightly different findings. However, the overall pattern of results documented that the perceived negative influence of political stressors on one’s life was adversely associated with psychological well-being outcomes. Thus, the potential of political events to affect psychological and social functioning extends beyond the most salient dramatic political circumstances such as wars, revolutions, political oppressions, or economic depressions.
The talk happens this Friday, October 20, 12:20–1:10 p.m. in Uhler Hall, Rm. 118.