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ERIC Number: ED262322
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Aug
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Life Esteem: Quantitative and Qualitative Differences.
Wheeler, Robert J.
The development of humanistic psychology has stimulated research that supports the importance of life esteem, or the way people view meaning and purpose in their lives. The Life Esteem survey is a self-report questionnaire designed to measure the four components of life esteem (framework, perspective, commitment, quality) and to assess the relative importance of 22 life goals. To examine differences and consistencies in life esteem among different people, the Life Esteem survey was administered to five groups: 304 public school teachers (mean age 42.0), 86 working adults (mean age 34.4), 30 male university religion students (mean age 24.4), 181 advanced university undergraduates (mean age 23.6), and 24 university undergraduates (mean age 21.4). The results showed that the religion students scored significantly higher for all four components of life esteem than did the other groups. Different groups rated different goals as highest: teachers rated "Belonging" as the highest goal, general adults chose "Individualize" and "Achievement," religion students chose "Religion," and both groups of undergraduates chose "Understanding." These results support the feasibility and potential usefulness of measuring life esteem in individuals. (The 22 life goals and their definitions are included.) (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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