Author (s): Danylchenko T.V.

Work place:

Danylchenko T.V.,

Doctor of Sciences (Psychology), Professor;

Professor of the Department of Psychology,

Academy of the State Penitentiary Service

(34 Honcha Street, Chernihiv, 14000, Ukraine,

e-mail: dan20151975@gmail.com)

ORCID: 0000-0001-8809-0132


Language: Ukrainian

Scientific Herald of Sivershchyna. Series: Education. Social and Behavioural Sciences 2023. № 2 (11): 76–91



The article analyses the peculiarities of experiencing personal well-being in the conditions of martial law. The indicators of personal well-being in 2018 (N=96) are compared – the control level, with the indicators in 2022 (N=100) and in 2023 (N=84). The respondents were residents of the Chernihiv and Kyiv regions, on the territory of which hostilities took place and which were temporarily under occupation. Scale of subjective social well-being, Scale of satisfaction with life, Scale of psychological well-being were used.

No statistically significant changes in the experience of life satisfaction (subjective well-being) were recorded. In both men and women, in the second year of the war, an increase in orientation towards social visibility and social approval was found. The general indicators of subjective social well-being in 2023 exceeded the pre-war level for men and did not change for women.

The article showed that men’s experience of personal well-being is more dynamic: it decreased in the first six months of the large-scale invasion and exceeded the pre-war level in the second year of military operations. During the first half-year of martial law, their evaluations of emotional acceptance in the immediate circle decreased, the feeling of social distance increased, and the positivity of perceptions of other people fluctuated. For women, certain parameters as – autonomy, competence, positive relationships, self-acceptance – did not change. In men, in 2022, there is a decrease in indicators of autonomy, personal growth, life goals, self-acceptance, in 2023, these parameters of personal well-being exceed the pre-war level.

Post-traumatic growth was recorded in respondents of both sexes, which was manifested in an increase in the desire for social influence, awareness of life goals and a sense of personal growth.

The results can be used in psychocorrective work with traumatized persons.

Key words: personal well-being, psychological well-being, subjective social well-being, subjective well-being, martial law.


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