Academic journal article Kuram ve Uygulamada Egitim Bilimleri

Satisfaction of Needs and Determining of Life Goals: A Model of Subjective Well-Being for Adolescents in High School

Academic journal article Kuram ve Uygulamada Egitim Bilimleri

Satisfaction of Needs and Determining of Life Goals: A Model of Subjective Well-Being for Adolescents in High School

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The aim of this study is to develop and test a subjective well-being model for adolescents in high school. A total of 326 adolescents in high school (176 female and 150 male) participated in this study. The data was collected by using the general needs satisfaction questionnaire, which is for the adolescents' subjective well-being, and determining life goals questionnaire. The structural equation modeling method was used for analysis of the data. The results of the analysis showed that in the original model, the individual variables and the total effect of variables were directly and indirectly related to subjective well being of adolescents in high school. The direct and indirect effects of the independent variables to subjective well-being were found significant. The findings suggest that to enhance the subjective well-being of high school students, a combination of satisfaction of needs and determining of life goals are essential.

Key Words

Subjective Well-Being, Satisfaction of Needs, Determining Life Goals, Adolescents.

Subjective well-being is considered to comprise three important dimensions: positive affection, negative affection and life satisfaction (Andrews & Whitney 1976; Diener, 1984). Positive affection includes positive feelings while negative affection includes negative feelings. The life satisfaction dimension is a cognitive component of subjective well-being (Myers & Diener, 1995).

When literature is examined, the subjective wellbeing of children and adolescents were investigated based on three important domains such as demographic factors (Huebner, Suldo, Smith, & McKnight, 2004; Karatzias, Chouliara, Power, & Swanson, 2006; McCullough, Huebner, & Laughlin, 2002; Sarakauskiene & Bagdonas, 2010); psychological factors (Hartup & Stevens, 1997; Joronen & Kurki, 2005; Mcknight, Huebner, & Suldo, 2002; Rask, Kurki, & Paavilainen, 2003; Shek & Lee, 2007), and also academic factors (Ash & Huebner, 2001; Baker, 1998; Cheng & Furnham, 2002; Huebner, 1991; Huebner & Alderman, 1993; Huebner & Gilman, 2003; Suldo & Huebner, 2004). According to results of researches, when adolescents have higher level of subjective well-being, they become healthier (Huebner et al., 2004; Steinberg, 2004, 2005). To investigate of adolescents' subjective well-being with different variables is important for positive development of adolescents (Gilman & Huebner, 2006).

Self determination theory points out that individuals want to satisfy three innate psychological needs such as competence, relatedness, and autonomy (Baard, Deci, & Ryan, 1998; Deci, 2008; Deci & Ryan, 1991; Deci, Vallerand, Pelletier, & Ryan, 1991; Ryan & Deci, 2000). According to studies on subjective well-being, satisfaction of psychological needs is important variable which affects subjective well-being of individuals (Baard, 2002; Ryan & Deci, 2000). If individuals satisfy their psychological needs, they feel better. On the other hand, if psychological needs are not satisfied, individuals develop more pathologies (Baard et al., 1998; Cole, Maxwell, & Martin, 1997; Crocker & Hakim-Larson, 1997; Deci et al., 2001; Ilardi, Leone, Kasser, & Ryan, 1993; Kasser & Ryan, 1999; Noom, Dekovic, & Meeus, 1999; Reis, Sheldon, Gable, Roscoe, & Ryan, 2000; Ryan & Deci, 2000; Ryan & Grolnick, 1986; Sheldon & Bettencourt, 2002; Sheldon, Ryan, & Reis, 1996; Véronneau, Koestner, & Abela, 2005; Wiest, Wong, & Kreil, 1998).

Literature indicates that one of the most important factors to regulate and adapt individuals to their lives is goals (Diener & Seligman, 2002, 2004; Emmons, 1999; Kasser, 2002; Sheldon & Bettencourt, 2002; Sheldon & Elliot, 1999; Sheldon & Kasser, 1998; Sheldon, Ryan et al., 1996; Synder & Lopez, 2007). People behave to achieve various goals (Austin & Vancouver, 1996; Emmons, 1999; Emmons, Colby, & Kaiser, 1998; King, Richard, & Stemmerich, 1998; Lock & Latham, 1990; Yetim, 2001). …

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