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  • A sense of purpose may have significant impact on teens' emotional well-being

    Educational psychology professor Kaylin Ratner wearing a blazer and button-down shirt, standing in front of a colorful mural with one hand on her hip

    Educational psychology professor Kaylin Ratner found in a study of more than 200 adolescents that feeling a sense of purpose had a significant impact on their emotional well-being. Those who scored high on purposefulness were more satisfied with their lives and experienced more positive emotions in general.

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  • Editor’s notes:  To reach Kaylin Ratner, email

    The paper “Daily adolescent purposefulness, daily subjective well-being and individual differences in autistic traits” is available online or from the News Bureau.

    DOI: 10.1007/s10902-023-00625-7