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Master Of Arts In Clinical Psychology

Colleges & School

College Of Arts And Sciences

First Advisor

Lela Joscelyn, PhD

Library of Congress Subject Heading

Mental health; Students--Attitudes


To narrow the definition of how an individual defines happiness, this study was conducted to measure what constructs constitute one's definition of happiness, how that definition matches one's self report of happiness, and how that definition changes with age and gender. There were a total of 160 participants selected from the online message board, Gaia Online, and a convenience sample of students attending Cardinal Stritch University Wisconsin Using the Associative Constructs of Satisfaction for Well-being survey, participants were asked to pick five constructs on which they base their happiness and rate them on a scale from 1 (most) to 5 (least) along with the Subjective Happiness Scale to measure their subjective happiness. The overall top five constructs picked in order were being with family/friends/loved ones, education, being in good health tied with education, financial resources, and passive recreation. Four happiness orientation scales resulted from factor analysis. Multiple regression revealed the career orientation to have a significant effect in the variation of happiness scores.


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