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The Effects of Prosocisal Behaviour on Life Satisfaction Levels Overall

Smyth, Sophie Isobel (2023) The Effects of Prosocisal Behaviour on Life Satisfaction Levels Overall. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Aims: The current study examined the relationship and effects that prosocial behaviour has on individuals overall life satisfaction levels. Previous research has investigated various aspects of prosocial behaviour,mostly surrounding college/ university students. Although, very little quantitive research has examined its effects on life satisfaction regarding all age groups. There is also limited research surrounding the relationship between altruistic behaviour and prosocial behaviour in general. The aims of this study is to address the gap in the literature which is finding the effects of prosocial behaviour on life satisfaction levels overall on all ages (over 18).

Method: A questionnaire was distributed to participants (N=200) by a social media platform (Facebook). This questionnaire consisted of questions regarding life satisfaction levels, altruistic personality scales and behavioural intention scales. All participants were 18 years old and above. There was no limit on the age of those participating in our study. The online survey included demographic information, Baumsteiger and Siegels's (2019) Prosocial Behavioural Intentions Scale, Lyubomirsky & Lepper’s (1999) Subjective Happiness Scale and Rushton, J. P., Chrisjohn, R.D., & Fekken, G. C. (1981) Altruistic Personality Scale. The data was then analysed using an ANOVA analysis on SPSS (a statistical analysis software).

Results: A strong relationship was found between prosocial behaviour and its effects on life satisfaction levels overall.

Conclusion: The meaning of life satisfaction is unique for everybody. The findings help improve our comprehension of the prosocial behavior process in individuals of all ages. Furthermore, the findings call into question the widely held belief that only negative/unsatisfied people engage in prosocial behaviors to compensate for their own lack of life satisfaction. On a practical level, the findings have significant implications for altruistic behavior.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Loughnane, Ger
Uncontrolled Keywords: Life satisfaction; prosocial behaviour; altruistic behaviour
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics > Conduct of life > Altruism
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology > Emotions > Happiness
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: Tamara Malone
Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2023 14:02
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2023 14:02

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