Study-Related Experiences and Their Association with Psychological Well-Being



The paper presents an analysis of empirical data on relationship of study-related learning experiences with students’ psychological well-being and academic success.The data were obtained using the original Activity-Related Experiences Assessment technique (AREA) and a number of additional measures.The results of four studies are presented.The first one was devoted to the psychometric validation of AREA questionnaire.The results confirmed the construct validity of the model of activity-related experiences.The second study compared experiences associated with different types of activities (study and leisure).Differences in the structure of correlations of experiences related to different activities confirmed that experiences are activity-related rather than personality-related.The third study presents data on the relationship of study-related experiences with personality traits and academic performance.Only the experience of pleasure revealed a significant association with academic performance.The purpose of the last study was identifying the structure and reliability of AREA on the combined sample by CFA using and checking the connection of study-related experiences with indicators of psychological well-being.Experiences of pleasure and meaning were closely related to each other and negatively related to the experience of void, while the experience of effort was hardly associated the other three scores.Experiences of pleasure and meaning reveal predictable direct (and the experience of void the reverse) association with indicators of well-being.

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Keywords: experience, learning, pleasure, meaning, effort, void, motivation, psychological well-being

Journal rubric: Educational Psychology


Funding. This work was supported by Russian Science Foundation, project № 16-18-10439

For citation: Leontiev D.A., Osin E.N., Dosumova S.S., Rzaeva F.R., Bobrov V.V. Study-Related Experiences and Their Association with Psychological Well-Being. Psikhologicheskaya nauka i obrazovanie = Psychological Science and Education, 2018. Vol. 23, no. 6, pp. 55–66. DOI: 10.17759/pse.2018230605. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Dmitriy A. Leontiev, Doctor of Psychology, Leading Research Fellow, The Laboratory for Comparative Research in Quality of Life, National Research Tomsk State University, Head of International Laboratory of Positive Psychology of Personality and Motivation; Professor of Faculty of Social Sciences, School of Psychology, HSE University, Moscow, Tomsk, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Evgeny N. Osin, PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Deputy Head of the International Laboratory of Positive Psychology of Personality and Motivation, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Svetlana S. Dosumova, Senior Specialist, JSC MegaFon, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:

Fatima R. Rzaeva, Graduate Student of theDepartment of Personality Psychology, Faculty of Psychology, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Vladislav V. Bobrov, Junior research fellow, International Laboratory of Positive Psychology of Personality, Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:



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