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Investigating Differences in Family Dynamics on Life Satisfaction, Self-Esteem, and Resilience

Barnes, Kate (2022) Investigating Differences in Family Dynamics on Life Satisfaction, Self-Esteem, and Resilience. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Aims: The present study investigated differences in life satisfaction, self-esteem, and resilience depending on birth order and family size in a total of 211 participants from an Irish population. The individual effects of birth order and family size were examined for each variable along with their interaction effect.

Method: Participants completed an online survey consisting of the Satisfaction with Life Scale (Diener et al., 1985), the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale (Rosenberg, 1979), and the Brief Resilience Scale (Smith et al., 2008). Three univariate factorial ANCOVA were run to highlight any significant results.

Results: Results indicated no main effect for birth order and family size on each of the three scales. However, a significant interaction was found between family size and birth order for scores of life satisfaction. Further analysis using a Pearson’s correlation indicated that this interaction occurred for middle children (p = .032)

Conclusion: This research indicated that for middle children, as family size increases, so too does scores for life satisfaction. Implications of this study and recommendations for future research are discussed.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: Clara Chan
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2022 08:10
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2023 15:23

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