Greater university identification - but not greater contact - leads to more life satisfaction: evidence from a Spanish longitudinal study

Wakefield, J.R.H. ORCID: 0000-0001-9155-9683, Sani, F. and Herrerra, M., 2018. Greater university identification - but not greater contact - leads to more life satisfaction: evidence from a Spanish longitudinal study. Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being, 10 (2), pp. 330-344. ISSN 1758-0846

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Abstract

Background: A growing body of literature has highlighted the relationship between group identification (a subjective sense of belonging to one’s social group, coupled with a subjective sense of commonality with the group’s members) and wellbeing. However, little of this work is longitudinal, and few studies address reciprocal causality or control for intensity of contact with fellow group members.

Method: We investigated the effect of university identification on satisfaction with life (SWL) over time (and vice versa) in 216 Spanish undergraduates, with seven months between T1 and T2.
Results: While greater university identification T1 predicted higher SWL T2, SWL T1 did not predict university identification T2. University contact T1 was unrelated to SWL T2.

Conclusions: These results show that university identification impacts positively on SWL over time (rather than SWL impacting positively on university identification over time), and this is not reducible to the effects exerted by university contact. The implications for those who work with students are discussed.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being
Creators: Wakefield, J.R.H., Sani, F. and Herrerra, M.
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Date: July 2018
Volume: 10
Number: 2
ISSN: 1758-0846
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1111/aphw.12125DOI
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 05 Feb 2018 13:36
Last Modified: 30 Jul 2018 12:43
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/32636

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