Award Date

1-1-2006

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Psychology

First Committee Member

Christopher Heavey

Number of Pages

130

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine if facets of character strengths and psychological well being differentially predicted life satisfaction among four racial groups in a sample of 572 university students. Participants completed assessment instruments measuring character strengths, psychological well-being, and life satisfaction. Regarding character strengths, the following were predictive of life satisfaction: Caucasians, intellectual strengths and emotional strengths; African Americans and Hispanic Americans, theological strengths; and Asian Americans, theological strengths, emotional strengths, and intellectual strengths. Regarding psychological well-being, the following were predictive of life satisfaction: Caucasians, self-acceptance and environmental mastery; African Americans, none of the domains; Hispanic Americans, self-acceptance; and Asian Americans, environmental mastery and self-acceptance. Results were considered within the context of limitations and implications were discussed.

Keywords

Character; Character Strengths; Ethnic Minorities; Life; Life Satisfaction; Multicultural; Populations; Positive Psychology; Predictors; Psychological; Psychological Well-being; Positive Psychology; Satisfaction; Strengths

Controlled Subject

Clinical psychology; Blacks--Study and teaching; Hispanic Americans--Study

File Format

pdf

File Size

2877.44 KB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Language

English

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Identifier

https://doi.org/10.25669/ajzs-v7yn


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