Author(s)

Jennifer Roake

Date Approved

9-24-2012

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. School Psychology-Professional School Psychology

Department

Psychology

College

College of Science & Mathematics

First Advisor

Miller, Matthew

Subject(s)

Depression, Mental;Young adults

Disciplines

Child Psychology | Student Counseling and Personnel Services

Abstract

Differences in life satisfaction among young adults in different living situations were evaluated. The aims of this study were to use the Satisfaction with Life Scale to examine the differences in life satisfaction. Levels of depression as well as purpose in life were also evaluated using the Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale and the Purpose in Life Scale. A total of 91 participants responses were included in the study, with 58 participants reporting living independently and 33 participants reporting living with parents. Independent t-tests found that individuals living at home report lower levels of life satisfaction compared to participants living independently. Additionally, individuals living independently report lower levels of depression. There was no difference in scores on the Purpose in Life scale. Further research implications are discussed.

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