Resilience, Social Support, and Meaning in Life among Koreans During Midlife
Keywords:meaning in life, middle adulthood, midlife, resilience, social support
Background: Toinvestigatethe associationsbetweenresilience, social support, and meaning in lifeduring
midlife and the factors related to meaning in life.
Methods:In this cross-sectionalstudy conducted from May 22 to June 21, 2019, 159 South Koreans aged
40–64years were surveyed about resilience, social support, meaning in life, and personal characteristics.
Descriptive statistics, t-tests, analysis of variance, bivariate Pearson’s correlations, and multiple regression
analyses were performed.
Conclusion: The difference in resilience according to general characteristics showed significant differences
in age, educational attainment, religious affiliation, and health status.Differencesin social support were
significantly correlated to gender, social class, and health status. Meaning in life varied significantly according
to differences in religious affiliation, social class, and health status. Resilience, social support, and meaning
in life were significantly correlated. In the multiple regression model, resilience, social support, and selfrated
health statussignificantly influencedmeaning in life. Strengthening resilience andsocial supportduring
midlife mightincrease meaning in life, in turn,positively influencing thequality of life inold age.
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