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The Impact of Prosocial Behaviour on Life Satisfaction Levels Among Students

Geraghty, Sophie (2020) The Impact of Prosocial Behaviour on Life Satisfaction Levels Among Students. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

Prosocial behaviours are extremely important types of behaviours that we make the choice to participate in often throughout our lives. Prosocial behaviour includes actions such as helping, sharing, comforting or even cooperating There has been evidence which suggests that prosocial behaviour is beneficial for the person carrying out the behaviour as well as the individual on the receiving end. The current study aimed to find out if students who are more likely to participate in prosocial behaviour are more satisfied with their life compared to those who are less likely to participate in these types of behaviours. This study proposed that students who had higher intentions to participate in prosocial behaviour would have higher life satisfaction levels. We also consider if there is sort of relationship between life satisfaction and prosocial behaviour intentions. 76 college students between the age of eighteen and sixty participated in this study. Participants were recruited using either Facebook or email. The majority of the sample are students who currently attend National College of Ireland (NCI) and includes some students from other colleges in Dublin. Using an online survey, we measured the participant’s prosocial intentions using the Prosocial Behavioural Intentions Scale and we also measured life satisfaction using the Riverside Life Satisfaction scale. Participants completed the survey in about 5 minutes using google forms. There was no significant difference in scores with lower prosocial intentions (M=25.1) scoring the same as higher prosocial intentions (M=25.1). Overall, the results of this study suggested that there is no difference between the life satisfaction levels of students who are more likely to participate in prosocial behaviour and students who are less likely to participate in prosocial behaviour. No relationship was found between prosocial behaviour and life satisfaction. One implication from the results of this study is that a student who has higher intentions to participate in prosocial behaviour are just as likely to be highly satisfied with life as students who have lower intentions to participate in these types of behaviours.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA790 Mental Health
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: Mr Kevin Loughran
Date Deposited: 26 May 2021 14:32
Last Modified: 26 May 2021 14:32
URI: http://norma.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/4852

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