Written By: Lu Fan and Narang Park
This study establishes an integrated conceptual framework to examine the influences of financial socialization on young adults’ financial and subjective well-being. Using the National Financial Well-Being Survey and structural equation modeling methods with a national sample of young adults aged 18-35, this study highlights two key potential influences of financial socialization: (a) early financial socialization experience is directly and positively associated with young adults’ financial knowledge and financial motivations (goal-oriented financial planning and self-control ability) and (b) there are indirect and positive associations between financial socialization and young adults’ perceived financial skill, financial behavior, and financial and subjective well-being. Moreover, perceived financial skill significantly mediates the relationship between financial motivations and financial management behavior and could indirectly influence financial and subjective well-being. Finally, this study also finds positive associations among financial management behavior, financial well-being, and subjective well-being of young adults.