Chen, X., Morin, A. J, Parker, P. D & Marsh, HW. (2015). Developmental investigation of the domain-specific nature of the life satisfaction construct across the post-school transition [accepted manuscript]. Developmental Psychology,51(8), 1074-1085. United States: American Psychological Association. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1037/a0039477
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 seven waves of data covering the post-school transition from a sample of 24721 youth participating in Longitudinal Study of Australian Youth 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 three-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.
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