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Studia Psychologica Vol.50, No.1, p.79-94, 2008

Author: Peter BABINCAK, Viera BACOVA

Abstract: The IDEX (Identity Exploration) instrument was used in the study to verify that the statements "satisfied with life", "lives a good life" and "useful for others" are for university students of humanities (N = 154, mean age 21.93, SD 1.45 years, age range 19-27 years; 26 men, 125 women, 3 unidentified) important key criteria for their experiencing of themselves and their social world. It was further found that students satisfied with their life (N = 45) believe in their ability to uphold important matters, live up to their own expectations, live a good life, be useful for others and care for their family and close friends more than do students less satisfied with their life (N = 26). Students satisfied with their life perceived and assessed themselves, the person they admire, people close to them, and their communities significantly more positively than the less satisfied. Their relation to "my community" and "university students" was also more positive. No differences were found between satisfied and less satisfied students in their perception and evaluation of communities with different values and large groups of people. According to the results, life satisfaction in university students is linked to active approach to life, positive evaluation of oneself, positive relations to people close to one, especially one's best friend, and acceptance of one's social position; a lesser satisfaction with life means the absence of such strong beliefs and less positive relations to oneself and others.

Keywords: life satisfaction, beliefs, relations to oneself and others, homeostatic model of life satisfaction
Year: 2008, Volume: 50, Issue: 1 Page From: 79, Page To: 94

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