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J. Korean Home Econ. Assoc > Volume 49(3); 2011 > Article
Journal of the Korean Home Economics Association 2011;49(3):87-98. doi: https://doi.org/10.6115/khea.2011.49.3.087
Adolescent' Life Satisfaction in the Ecological Context
Songyon Cho1, Hyewon Kim2, Min Kim3
1Department of Early Childhood Education, Hoseo University
2Department of Youth Culture and Counseling, Hoseo University
3Department of Youth Education and Counseling, Sunchonhang University
Corresponding Author: Min Kim ,Tel: +82-41-530-1159, Fax: +82-41-530-1146, Email: pinokio@sch.ac.kr
Received: December 20, 2010; Revised: January 10, 2011   Accepted: February 16, 2011.
ABSTRACT
The purpose of this study was to examine the life satisfaction of adolescents in the ecological contexts of their individual, family, school, and social-cultural experiences. The participants were 1,099 middle and high school students in Chungnam-do. Instruments were the Satisfaction with Life Scale, Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale, Parent-Adolescent Communication Inventory, the School Life Satisfaction Scale, and Social-Cultural Satisfaction Scale. Data analysis involved the use of descriptive statistics, t- and F-tests, Duncan's multiple range test, product-moment correlations, multiple regression, Cronbach's , and factor analysis. Results were as follows: Firstly, middle school students showed the highest levels of life satisfaction, and vocational high school students reported the lowest levels. Also, life satisfaction was inversely related to school grades. Secondly, for all the students, life satisfaction was positive correlated with self-esteem, open communication with parents, school life satisfaction, and social-cultural satisfaction. Lastly, open communication with parents and overall satisfaction with life at school explained more of the variance in adolescent life satisfaction than any other factors.
Keywords: adolescent, life satisfaction, ecological context
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