2008 Student Research Conference:
21st Annual Student Research Conference

Subjective Well-Being and Connectedness
Jamie E. Matthews* and Alison M. LaFollette
Dr. Michele Breault, Faculty Mentor

A college student's experience is influenced by many factors such as organizational involvement, academic performance, area of study, and interpersonal relationships. The current study sought to determine if these factors were related to happiness and life satisfaction, as measured by subjective well-being (SWB). Participants were recruited through an e-mail sent to all students, inviting them to participate in an online survey. Pearson's correlation coefficient was calculated to find that SWB and connectedness to the university were strongly correlated. Among other findings, organizational involvement, G.P.A., and the number of times a student goes home are positively correlated with connectedness. These findings are not only useful to those interested in students' success and satisfaction in the university setting, but are also applicable to those interested in the overall well-being of students which has life-long implications for both mental and physical health as well as productivity and relationships.

Keywords: happiness, well-being, involvement


Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 13-
Location: OP Lobby

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