Het dilemma voorbij
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The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between the experience of a moral dilemma, well-being and self-transcendence. The confrontation with a mayor life event, such as a moral dilemma, can alter the previous beliefs and assumptions of an individual about the world and about the self. Self-transcendence can potentially help individuals to cope when they are confronted with a moral dilemma because it is assumed that it supports the formation of new assumptions. Sixty-two participants (military personnel) filled out a questionnaire to determine their level of self-transcendence, well-being and level of psychopathological symptoms. They also participated in a semi-structured interview to determine whether they have had experienced a moral dilemma. Contrary to expectations no clear relations were found between experiencing a moral dilemma, well-being and self-transcendence. In regards to well-being and self-transcendence only certain aspects (welfare and intuitiveness) were related, but in another direction than hypothesized. Intuitiveness was related to a low level of well-being. The expected moderation effect of self-transcendence could not be conducted due to statistical shortcomings. Because participants scored lower on self-transcendence and on psychopathological symptoms compared to the normal population it is possible that military personnel is very down to earth and do not need self-transcendence as a coping mechanism. But this could not be determined in this study and could provide clues for further research.