Andreja Avsec

Andreja Avsec
University of Ljubljana · Department of Psychology

Doctor of Psychology

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V monografiji avtorice predstavljajo ugotovitve več raziskav, ki so jih izvedle v zadnjih desetih letih, in jih umestijo na področje pozitivne psihologije, ki se je kot znanstvena disciplina uveljavila po letu 2000. Kot teoretični okvir v prvem poglavju predstavijo raziskave laičnega pojmovanja sreče in teoretične modele subjektivnega blagostanja....
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Individualism and collectivism are some of the most widely applied concepts in cultural and cross-cultural research. They are commonly applied by scholars who use arithmetic means or sum indexes of items on a scale to examine the potential similarities and differences in samples from various countries. For many reasons, cross-cultural research impl...
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This study examined the role of different psychological coping mechanisms in mental and physical health during the initial phases of the COVID-19 crisis with an emphasis on meaning-centered coping. Method: A total of 11,227 people from 30 countries across all continents participated in the study and completed measures of psychological distress (dep...
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While many adversities affect limited groups of people, the COVID-19 pandemic brought a range of stressors to entire populations. Using a person-centered approach, this study analyzed the most frequent combinations of coping strategies used by general population during the first wave of the pandemic in a sample of 1,347 Slovenian adults. Latent pro...
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Background/Objective This study examined the role of different psychological coping mechanisms in mental and physical health during the initial phases of the COVID-19 crisis with an emphasis on meaning-centered coping. Method A total of 11,227 people from 30 countries across all continents participated in the study and completed measures of psycho...
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This study examined the effect of COVID-19 lockdown and infection concerns on positive and negative aspects of psychological functioning during the first weeks of the new coronavirus pandemic, and the mediating role of basic psychological needs satisfaction and frustration. Slovene adults (N = 425; 79% female) filled in questionnaires measuring COV...
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As a public health emergency, a pandemic increases susceptibility to unfavourable psychological outcomes. The aim of the present study was to investigate the buffering role of personal resilience in two aspects of psychological functioning, mental health and stress, among Slovene adults at the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak. Within five days af...
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Individualism and collectivism are some of the most widely applied concepts in cultural and cross-cultural research. They are commonly applied by scholars who use arithmetic means or sum indexes of items on a scale to examine the potential similarities and differences in samples from various countries. For many reasons, cross-cultural research impl...
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The purpose of this study was to examine measurement invariance of the Subjective Happiness Scale across countries, gender, and age groups and across time by multigroup confirmatory factor analysis. Altogether, 4,977 participants from nine European, American, and Australian countries were included in the study. Our results revealed that both config...
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Personality - values relationship. How the dimensions of both domains are related.
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Background/Objective The objective of the study was to elucidate the underlying mechanism through which basic personality dimensions predict indicators of psychological functioning during the COVID-19 pandemic, including subjective well-being and perceived stress. As a personality characteristic highly contextualized in stressful circumstances, res...
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Razglasitvi epidemije COVID-19 je sledilo sprejetje številnih ukrepov za zajezitev širjenja virusa, ki so močno zaznamovali vsakodnevno življenje ljudi. V raziskavi nas je zanimalo, koliko zaskrbljenost zaradi zdravstvene ogroženosti, trenutnih spremenjenih življenjskih okoliščin in morebitnih dolgoročnih posledic epidemije koronavirusa pojasnjuje...
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Virusne epidemije dokazano vplivajo na duševno zdravje ljudi. V vzdolžni študiji smo spremljali subjektivno blagostanje, zaznan stres in stresnost različnih vidikov življenja, povezanih z epidemijo, od začetka do konca uradno razglašene epidemije COVID-19 v Sloveniji. V prvem tednu epidemije je sodelovalo 2571 odraslih (74 % žensk), starih od 18 do...
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Razglasitev epidemije je skupaj z ukrepi za njeno zajezitev pri večini ljudi povzročila precejšen stres. Kljub temu so bile med posamezniki opazne razlike v odzivanju na to stresno situacijo. V raziskavi nas je zanimalo, koliko lahko različno doživljanje stresa razložimo z razlikami v osebnostnih lastnostih. V raziskavi je sodelovalo 2722 oseb (25...
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The Intrapersonal and Interpersonal Emotional Competence Questionnaire (IIECQ) was developed from the Emotional Skills and Competence Questionnaire, addressing some of its content issues. Measurement invariance of the two-factor IIECQ model (interpersonal and intrapersonal emotional competence factors) was examined across countries and gender group...
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Osebnost v precejšnji meri določa, kako se posameznik edinstveno prilagaja na okolje. V pričujočem univerzitetnem učbeniku so predstavljeni vidiki osebnosti, ki so tesno povezani z delovanjem posameznika. Tako čustva kot motivacija so pod pomembnim vplivom osebnostnih lastnosti, kar pomeni, da so osebnostne lastnosti nekakšna podlaga za verjetnejše...
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The aim of the present study was to examine how older adults (N = 84; 51 females; aged 65 to 91 years) in Slovenia spend their time and what they experience throughout the day. The contribution of these activities and their experiences to participants’ subjective well-being was also explored. Using the Day Reconstruction Method, the participants re...
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The aim of the present study was to extend the existing findings on environmental flow precursors by adopting the DIAMONDS taxonomy of psychologically meaningful situation characteristics as a comprehensive theoretical framework. It was hypothesized that an individual's perception of the flow-related situation, particularly the dimensions of duty,...
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Four individual profiles of ways toward happiness were found on a Slovene sample: Full, Empty, Pleasurable, and Meaningful life types. The present study aimed to validate these four types in samples from seven different countries (N = 3690) utilising four different languages. Participants completed the Orientation towards Happiness Scale and measur...
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The present study was designed to examine the differences between genders in the perception of romantic relationship as well as in aspects of the relationship that are important for their relationship satisfaction. However, previous studies rarely report significant differences between genders in various predictors of the relationship satisfaction....
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This article discusses the cross-cultural validation of the Emotional Skills and Competence Questionnaire (ESCQ), which consists of 45 items divided into three subscales - (i) perceiving and understanding emotion (PU), (ii) expressing and labelling emotion (EL), and (iii) managing and regulating emotion (MR) - and is classified as a “trait emotiona...
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The construct of individualism–collectivism (IND-COL) has become the definitive standard in cross-cultural psychology, management, and related fields. It is also among the most controversial, in particular, with regard to the ambiguity of its dimensionality: Some view IND and COL as the opposites of a single continuum, whereas others argue that the...
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The purpose of the present study was to explore the ways people achieve their happiness employing two approaches, i.e. a trait-centred, focusing on the three orientations to happiness (orientation to pleasure, meaning, and engagement), and a person-centred, focusing on patterns of these three orientations within individuals. The predictive validity...
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Psychology has recently seen a noticeable increase in interest for implicit measures of attitudes and personality characteristics. The far most known implicit measure is the Implicit Association Test - IAT. We adapted this test in order to assess the Big Five personality dimensions (B5 IAT). We examined B5 IAT measurement characteristics on two sam...
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The Orientations to Happiness Questionnaire (OTH; Peterson, Park in Seligman, 2005) measures three routes to happiness: life of pleasure (hedonism), life of meaning (eudemonia) and life of engagement (flow). The questionnaire was adapted to Slovene in several steps (two independent translations by experts, reaching agreement, retranslation; modific...
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In the present study we were interested in how coping styles relate to different indicators of well- and ill-being. We assumed that coping styles are differently related to well- and ill-being indicators because they are theoretically and empirically independent from each other. To examine this assumption we asked 139 professional firemen to fill i...
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Awareness of emotions, extensive emotional knowledge, and effective emotional management are characteristics of emotionally intelligent individuals. These competencies are expected to enable individuals using more adaptive decision-making styles (DMSs). Specifically, we predicted that trait emotional intelligence (EI) should be a positive predictor...
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Many studies supported the importance of trait emotional intelligence (EI) for subjective well-being but specific domains of life-satisfaction were rarely of interest. Our study investigated whether emotional intelligence is more important for interpersonal or communal-related domains (e.g. satisfaction with friends, intimate partners) than for age...
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In the study, we were interested in the association between narcissism and three psychological constructs, which are considered important in interpersonal relationships – emotional intelligence (EI), social intelligence (SI) and empathy. We supposed that narcissism is positively correlated with EI and with the processing of social information and s...
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Studia Psychologica Vol. 52, No. 2, pp. 117 - 131, 2010 SELF-DISCREPANCIES IN AGENTIC AND COMMUNAL PERSONALITY TRAITS AS PREDICTORS OF WELL-BEING Andreja AVSEC (e-mail: andreja.avsec@psiha.net) Department of Psychology, University of Ljubljana, p. p. 580, SI-1001 Ljubljana, Slovenia Janek MUSEK Abstract: The present study examines discrepancies...
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We examined predictive validity of the Big Five personality traits and three dimensions of emotional intelligence (EI) regarding psychological well-being on the sample of primary and high-school teachers. Notwithstanding relatively high correlations between personality and EI scales, reported by other studies, we predicted that EI still accounts fo...
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The aim of the study was to examine the relationship between trait emotional intelligence (EI) and the Big Five factors of personality in two samples of Croatian and Slovenian university stu-dents. If EI is to be of significant value, it must measure something unique and distinct from standard personality traits. The Croatian sample consisted of 25...
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In the present study we were interested in the concept of flow – an optimal psychical state which is connected with high achievement and positive experiences. It was supposed that experiencing flow during different musical activities (e. g., rehearsals, solo performance, performance with the orchestra) should be related to subjective well being, co...
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The objective of this study was to examine the validity and reliability of the Slovene version of the Self-Consciousness Scale SCS (Fenigstein, Carver, & Buss, 1975). Although the questionnaire was translated and published in Psihodiagnostika osebnosti (Lamovec, 1994), its psychometric characteristics have not been examined so far. Results on a sam...
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A study was conducted to determine gender differences in the relation between self-esteem and body image. We hypothesized stronger connections between self-conceptions of physical attractiveness and self-esteem for women and consequently important gender differences in the structure of the self. For the purpose of this study 402 students completed...
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CORRELATES OF SELF-CONSCIOUSNESS: WHY IS BETTER NOT TO RUMINATE TOO MUCH ABOUT ONESELF The paper discusses the construct of self-consciousness as a stable internal dispositional tendency. Results of studies analysing relation between self- consciousness and relevant correlates are presented. Theoretically, self- consciousness should be related to p...
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A number of research findings has been reported recently regarding independent and interdependent self-construals as an individual difference variable within one culture. There were also some theoretical attempts to examine possible connections between interdependent or relational self and gender, but distinction between masculinity and femininity...
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A number of research findings have been reported recently regarding the relationship between self-representations (real-, ideal-, ought-self) and other psychological variables (anxiety, depression, self-esteem and others). Starting from the fact that the gender-schema plays a crucial role in the realm of self-representation an investigation have be...

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In this study, we are interested in the role of emotional intelligence for hedonic and eudaimonic well-being in the context of different cultures. Competencies regarding perception, understanding, and regulation of emotions have an important impact on well-being (Sánchez-Álvarez et al., 2016), but their role as a mediator between the self-construal (defined by culture`s values) and well-being is not fully determined yet.