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Colombian Happiness: A Look at Life Satisfaction and Explanatory Style

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2007
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This project examines the explanatory style of Colombians, the habitual way in which they explain the good and bad events that occur in their lives, and its relationship to life satisfaction. Two hundred and twenty Colombians completed a life satisfaction question, the Attributional Style Questionnaire (ASQ), and demographic questions. Simple means, correlations, and a multiple regression analysis were used to assess the results. The results of the ASQ were also compared to two previously conducted studies: a comparison of American and Chinese national levels of explanatory style and a study conducted on a non-clinical sample of American adults. The results of this study showed that the mean of Colombian overall explanatory style is more optimistic than the mean overall explanatory style for participants in both the United States and mainland China. There are no correlations between individual responses of life satisfaction and explanatory style for the full sample; however, national means for explanatory style seem to correlate with national means of life satisfaction. The multiple regression analysis showed that when taking explanatory style, gender, age, stratum, income, education, occupation, and city into account, the only factors that are statistically significant are occupation and city. More specifically, the results show that those Colombians who Jive in Barranquilla, Bucaramanga, and Medillfn will tend to have higher levels of life satisfaction than those who live in Bogota, and those who are unemployed will tend to have a lower level of life satisfaction than those who work.
Title: Colombian Happiness: A Look at Life Satisfaction and Explanatory Style.
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Name(s): Sinisterra, Diana
Brown, Susan Love, Thesis advisor
Florida Atlantic University, Degree grantor
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Electronic Thesis Or Dissertation
Date Created: 2007
Date Issued: 2007
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, Fla.
Physical Form: application/pdf
Extent: 154 p.
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This project examines the explanatory style of Colombians, the habitual way in which they explain the good and bad events that occur in their lives, and its relationship to life satisfaction. Two hundred and twenty Colombians completed a life satisfaction question, the Attributional Style Questionnaire (ASQ), and demographic questions. Simple means, correlations, and a multiple regression analysis were used to assess the results. The results of the ASQ were also compared to two previously conducted studies: a comparison of American and Chinese national levels of explanatory style and a study conducted on a non-clinical sample of American adults. The results of this study showed that the mean of Colombian overall explanatory style is more optimistic than the mean overall explanatory style for participants in both the United States and mainland China. There are no correlations between individual responses of life satisfaction and explanatory style for the full sample; however, national means for explanatory style seem to correlate with national means of life satisfaction. The multiple regression analysis showed that when taking explanatory style, gender, age, stratum, income, education, occupation, and city into account, the only factors that are statistically significant are occupation and city. More specifically, the results show that those Colombians who Jive in Barranquilla, Bucaramanga, and Medillfn will tend to have higher levels of life satisfaction than those who live in Bogota, and those who are unemployed will tend to have a lower level of life satisfaction than those who work.
Identifier: FA00000993 (IID)
Degree granted: Dissertation (Ph.D.)--Florida Atlantic University, 2007.
Collection: FAU Electronic Theses and Dissertations Collection
Note(s): Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters
Subject(s): Centering (Psychology)
Mind and body
Happiness
Culture--Philosophy
Colombia--Social life and customs
Quality of life
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