The study analyzed the relationship between time perspective and social well-being in 386 undergraduates (mean age 21.72; 110 males and 276 females). They filled in two self-report questionnaires, the Questionnaire on Social Well-being and the short form of the Zimbardo Inventory on Time Perspective (STPI), that includes two subscales, the present and the future. The differences of gender on time perspective and social well-being was also considered. Correlational analysis showed that future time perspective is positively correlated with all the dimensions of social well-being and with social wellbeing as overall score, while present time perspective is negatively correlated with social actualisation, social coherence and general social well-being. A multiple regression model evidenced future time perspective as positive explicative variable of overall social well-being. Results confirm the relevance of time dimension for social well-being during the stage of emerging adulthood and suggest to investigate in a more systematic way the role of time perspective in the positive development of emerging adults.
Keywords: Time perspective, social well-being, emerging adult