ERIC Number: ED198409
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Life Satisfaction of Adolescents.
Torgoff, Irving; And Others
The feelings and perceptions of adolescents, apart from objective indices, warrent attention from those who are concerned with adolescent development and psychological stress. There is a need for a reliable baseline measure of adolescent subjective well-being, as manifested by self-reports of life satisfaction, to which future measurements can be compared. A newly-devised instrument, the Life Satisfaction Chart, was completed by high school students (N=916) who indicated their satisfaction with life in general, family life, friends and social life, and student life. An additional questionnaire explored the areas of age, sex, happiness, health, parent-child relationships, and self-competency. Subjects viewed their own lives as less satisfactory than the lives of other average adolescents. The mean level of satisfaction for white females was significantly lower than the levels for white males, black males, and black females. Satisfaction with family life was the most powerful domain affecting overall life satisfaction, followed by satisfaction with friends and social life, and feelings about one's accomplishments in life. (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Life Satisfaction
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (San Francisco, CA, March, 1979).