The Relationship between Self-Concept and Satisfaction with Life among Adolescents

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Adolescence is the transitional period between childhood and adulthood. During adolescence, important changes occur the way individuals think about and characterize themselves. Self-concept has an impact on Life Satisfaction in adolescents. The objective of this investigation was to analyze the relationship between self-concept and satisfaction with life. After detailed literature review, it was hypothesized that self-concept would be positively correlated on the variable of satisfaction with life among adolescent and additionally, it was assumed that there would be gender difference among adolescents on the variable of self-concept and satisfaction with life. A sample of 200 students (100 males and 100 females) was selected from different colleges of Karachi, Pakistan. The age of the participants ranged from 18-21 years (with mean age of 18.56 years). Their educational level was at least intermediate and socioeconomic status was middle and high class. The Six-Factor Self-Concept Scale (SFSCS; Stake, 1994) and Satisfaction with Life Scale (SWL; Diener, Emmons, Larsen & Griffin, 1985) were administered to assess satisfaction with life and self-concept of adolescents. In order to interpret the results Pearson Product Moment Correlation Coefficients was calculated to assess relationship between self-concept and the satisfaction with life. Furthermore, gender difference on the variable of self-concept and satisfaction with life was computed through t-test. A significant correlation was found between self-concept and satisfaction with life(r = 0.374; p<0.01, n=200). Results suggest that on the variable of self-concept gender difference was found (t=2.460, p <.05), and on satisfaction with life no gender difference was found (t= -.763, p >.05). Results support the relationship between self-concept and satisfaction with life among adolescents and there is a gender difference on the variable of self-concept. Moreover, no gender difference was found on satisfaction with life.


Keywords: Satisfaction with Life, Adolescence, Self-Concept
Stream: Psychology, Cognitive Science and the Behavioural Sciences
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
Paper: , Relationship between Self-concept and Satisfaction with Life among Adolescents, The


Dr. Nadia Ayub

Lecturer, Department of Education & Social Sciences, University of Karachi
Karachi, Sind, Pakistan

Nadia Ayub is a Lecturer and Doctoral Fellow (waiting for the results) in Psychology, University of Karachi, Pakistan. She has taught both at College and University level before joining IoBM. Her research focuses on social problems, adolescents, organizational issues, personality, family and marriages, and Psychometrics. She has worked on research project on Community Health Sciences at the Aga Khan University and Hospital. She is working on different researches and recently presented a paper in, “The Third International Conference on Postgraduate Education,” Penang, Malaysia.

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