Bailey, Roger C.; Miller, Christy
February 1998
Social Behavior & Personality: An International Journal;1998, Vol. 26 Issue 1, p51
Academic Journal
Researchers have proposed that life satisfaction may be increased by reduced life involvement (i.e., the scarcity hypothesis) or increased by greater life involvement (i.e., the expansion hypothesis). This study attempted to determine if female and male college students are more satisfied with their lives if they have more or less active life styles. One hundred and fifty-seven females and eighty-six male were assigned to either a High, Moderate, or Low Life satisfaction group and additional instruments were administered to assess the manner of decision making, the extent of role demands and time pressures, and the respondents' satisfaction with school performance and their dating and family relationships. Results demonstrated that both male and female college students with high life satisfaction had more demanding life styles than individuals with low life satisfaction, but they did not suffer greater personal stress. The significant role of fulfilling interpersonal relationships in overall life satisfaction was also evident.


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