Relationship of behavior control and subjective well-being in representatives of different professions



We studied the peculiarities of subjective well-being (emotional and cognitive components), as well as its relationship to subjective age and the control of behavior (volitional, emotional and cognitive components). The study was conducted with two groups of subjects. The experimental group was composed of professionals whose work involves the specifics of the implementation of activities under strict external time regulation (for example, flight crews of the Russian Air Forces, N = 44). The control group comprised respondents whose professional activity is not related to work under strict regulation (freelancers, scientists, people of creative professions, etc., N = 40). Both groups of respondents were satisfied with their lives. It is shown that in the representatives of non-regulated professions subjective well-being is interconnected with subjective age, emotional regulation and flexibility as personality regulatory property of self-regulation (cognitive component of behavior control). In the group of military pilots subjective well-being is a separate construct and is not associated with the assessment of their age and control of behavior. Control of behavior in the Air Force pilots shows higher integration of its components, as compared with the “free” professions. The perception of subjective age in pilots is more interconnected with the cognitive component of behavior control, and in representatives of the control group with the emotional component.

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Keywords: system-subject approach, behavior control, subjective well-being, subjective age

Journal rubric: Psychology of Labor and Engineering Psychology

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Terekhina N.S., Sergienko E.A., Lekalov А.А., Zvenigorodsky P.V. Relationship of behavior control and subjective well-being in representatives of different professions. Eksperimental'naâ psihologiâ = Experimental Psychology (Russia), 2014. Vol. 7, no. 4, pp. 52–65. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Nadezhda S. Terekhina, Post Graduate Student, Laboratory of Developmental Psychology, Institute of Psychology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:

Elena A. Sergienko, Doctor of Psychology, Professor, Principal researcher, Laboratory of Psychology of the development of the subject in normal and post-traumatic states, Institute of Psychology of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Аlexander А. Lekalov, Head of the Laboratory of Neurofunctional, Psychophysiological and Special Methods of Medical Flight Examination, Center of Medical Flight Examination of the Branch No. 1, N. N. Burdenko Central Military Clinical Hospital, Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, Moscow, Russia

Pavel V. Zvenigorodsky, Head of the Branch No. 1, N. N. Burdenko Central Military Clinical Hospital, Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation



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