Life satisfaction among European American, African American, Chinese American, Mexican American, and Dominican American adolescents

Robert Bradley, Robert F. Corwyn

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Abstract

This study examined contextual and personality factors and their relation to perceived life satisfaction among adolescents in five sociocultural groups. Variations in the contribution of specific predictors were noted for the five groups, but no one factor accounted for a large amount of variance in any group. Among the most consistent predictors were marital status, self-efficacy beliefs, and adolescent health status. Somewhat surprisingly, neither the amount of family conflict, adolescent academic achievement, nor observed socioemotional support from parents was strongly correlated with life satisfaction. The effect of study variables on adolescent quality of life was dependent upon other variables in the analysis. For example, considerate behaviour on the part of the adolescent was suppressed by task-orientation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)385-400
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Behavioral Development
Volume28
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2004
Externally publishedYes

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Asian Americans
African Americans
adolescent
Family Conflict
Marital Status
Self Efficacy
satisfaction with life
Group
Health Status
Personality
personality traits
marital status
Parents
academic achievement
Quality of Life
health status
self-efficacy
quality of life
parents
American

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  • Psychology(all)
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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