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To explore the relationship between self-efficacy, mindfulness and life satisfaction

Purcell, Mia (2017) To explore the relationship between self-efficacy, mindfulness and life satisfaction. Manchester Metropolitan University. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Self-efficacy and mindfulness have previously been found to have positive impacts on well-being. Mindfulness also has been associated with positive emotional states, and life satisfaction is an element used in most subjective well being scales. The present study used a correlational design with questionnaire methods to explore the relationship between self-efficacy, mindfulness and life satisfaction. Students were recruited for this study using convenience-sampling methods (N = 86). Participants completed the General Self-Efficacy Scale (Schwarzer and Jerusalem, 1995), the trait Mindful Attention Awareness Scale (Brown and Ryan, 2003) and the Satisfaction With Life Scale (Diener et al., 1985). A significant relationship was found between self-efficacy and life satisfaction, and between mindfulness and life satisfaction. Self-efficacy and life satisfaction had the strongest relationship, as previous research suggested. Further analysis found self-efficacy significantly predicted life satisfaction, but mindfulness was non-significant at predicting life satisfaction in the model with self-efficacy. The findings suggest that self-efficacy was the strongest predictor for life satisfaction. The findings contribute to the understanding of life satisfaction and the benefits of high self-efficacy and mindfulness. Practical applications, limitations and future research suggestions are discussed in the report.

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