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Applicability of the Theory of Hedonic Adaptation Regarding Health During the Period of Youth

Svetlana Popova, Albena Kerekovska


The article reflects results of a study on the applicability of the theory of hedonic adaptation regards health in the period of youth. The survey was conducted in Bulgarian cultural environment with a sample of 239 participants of average age 22,81±3,43. In comparative analysis of the level of subjective well-being chronically ill and clinically healthy people have been found statistically significant differences - clinically healthy young people are happier and more satisfied with life. The study results do not support the idea of widespread applicability of the theory of hedonic adaptation.


hedonic adaptation; subjective well-being; youth

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