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Subjective Well-being and Social Integration of College Students




The student’s transition from secondary school to higher education consists of a series of changes that can have serious consequences if not satisfactorily overcome, including academic failure and college dropout. There are many variables than can influence this process of adjustment to higher education, with a particular emphasis given to social integration, especially because, often, this transition involves a change of residence. Using a sample of 339 students from the University of Algarve, this study aims to deepen our understanding of the relationship between student’s subjective well-being and their social integration in higher education. The results show that the variables of social integration in higher education, interpersonal relationship, personal well-being and emotional balance are predictors of the level of subjective well-being experienced by the students. On the other hand, a significant relation between socio-demographic variables and the student’s happiness was not obtained.

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  • Imaginário, Susana & Vieira, Luís Sérgio & Jesus, Saul, 2013. "Subjective Well-being and Social Integration of College Students," Journal of Spatial and Organizational Dynamics, CIEO-Research Centre for Spatial and Organizational Dynamics, University of Algarve, vol. 1(3), pages 215-223.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:jspord:0014

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    1. Bénédicte Vidaillet & V. D'Estaintot & P. Abécassis, 2005. "Introduction," Post-Print hal-00287137, HAL.
    2. Xue Zheng & David Sang & Lei Wang, 2004. "Acculturation and Subjective well-being of Chinese Students in Australia," Journal of Happiness Studies, Springer, vol. 5(1), pages 57-72, March.
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    Students; Higher Education; Social Integration; Subjective Well-being;

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    • I23 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Higher Education; Research Institutions


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