Developmental investigation of the domain-specific nature of the life satisfaction construct across the post-school transition
This study evaluated the nature of the life satisfaction construct with an emphasis on the comparison between a global or domain-specific operationalization during the transition from adolescence to adulthood. A combination of person-centered and variable-centered methods were used to analyze 7 waves of data covering the postschool transition from a sample of 24,721 youth participating in Longitudinal Study of Australian Youth (LSAY) between 1998 and 2010. Evidence for the increasing importance of a domain-specific approach as adolescents entered adulthood was provided by: (1) factor analyses identifying a 3-factor model covering achievement, family, and leisure satisfaction that proved invariant across time waves; (2) factor mixture analyses showing shape-related differences between profiles (i.e., within-profile differences between domains) that increased as young people moved into adulthood.
Institute for Positive Psychology and Education
Open Access Journal Article
well-being, life satisfaction, domain-specificity, measurement invariance, factor mixture modeling, longitudinal study of Australian youth
Chen, X., Morin, A., Parker, P. & Marsh, H. (2015). Developmental investigation of the domain-specific nature of the life satisfaction construct across the post-school transition. Developmental Psychology,51(8), Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0039477
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