ERIC Number: EJ1069923
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Developmental Investigation of the Domain-Specific Nature of the Life Satisfaction Construct across the Post-School Transition
Chen, Xidan; Morin, Alexandre J. S.; Parker, Philip D.; Marsh, Herbert W.
Developmental Psychology, v51 n8 p1074-1085 Aug 2015
This study evaluated the nature of the life satisfaction construct with an emphasis on the comparison between a global or domain-specific operationalization during the transition from adolescence to adulthood. A combination of person-centered and variable-centered methods were used to analyze 7 waves of data covering the postschool transition from a sample of 24,721 youth participating in Longitudinal Study of Australian Youth (LSAY) between 1998 and 2010. Evidence for the increasing importance of a domain-specific approach as adolescents entered adulthood was provided by: (1) factor analyses identifying a 3-factor model covering achievement, family, and leisure satisfaction that proved invariant across time waves; (2) factor mixture analyses showing shape-related differences between profiles (i.e., within-profile differences between domains) that increased as young people moved into adulthood.
Descriptors: Life Satisfaction, Individual Development, Longitudinal Studies, Adolescents, Young Adults, Factor Analysis, Factor Structure, Differences, Foreign Countries, Structural Equation Models
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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