ERIC Number: EJ1073094
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
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Factors Predicting Life Satisfaction: A Process Model of Personality, Multidimensional Self-Concept, and Life Satisfaction
Parker, Philip D.; Martin, Andrew J.; Marsh, Herbert W.
Australian Journal of Guidance and Counselling, v18 n1 p15-29 Jul 2008
Life satisfaction is an important component of psychological health and wellbeing. Although personality is consistently linked to life satisfaction, its "innate" and stable nature can make it a difficult target for intervention by practitioners. More malleable and context-specific factors such as multidimensional self-concept may prove to be better targets for such intervention. However, the extent to which multidimensional self-concept predicts life satisfaction over and above personality is unclear. The present study, then, examines the extent to which these two factors predict life satisfaction with a view to ascertaining their relative salience for subsequent research and practice. Among a sample of 523 (predominantly young) adult students from two universities/colleges in Sydney, structural equation modelling using LISREL examined a process model of personality, multidimensional self-concept, and life satisfaction. Results suggest a strong direct role for the personality traits of extraversion, neuroticism, and conscientiousness but also an important mediating role for parent, same-sex peer, physical ability, and appearance self-concepts. Implications for research and practice are discussed.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Life Satisfaction, Self Concept, Self Concept Measures, Predictor Variables, Young Adults, College Students, Structural Equation Models, Personality Traits, Extraversion Introversion, Neurosis, Parent Role, Peer Relationship, Ability
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Identifiers - Location: Australia