Applied Research in Quality of Life

, Volume 7, Issue 4, pp 337–350

Can Students be Too Happy in School? The Optimal Level of School Satisfaction


  • Audrey M. Whitley
    • Department of PsychologyUniversity of South Carolina
    • Department of PsychologyUniversity of South Carolina
  • Kimberly J. Hills
    • Department of PsychologyUniversity of South Carolina
  • Robert F. Valois
    • Department of PsychologyUniversity of South Carolina

DOI: 10.1007/s11482-012-9167-9

Cite this article as:
Whitley, A.M., Huebner, E.S., Hills, K.J. et al. Applied Research Quality Life (2012) 7: 337. doi:10.1007/s11482-012-9167-9


Research to date has assumed linearity in the relationships been school satisfaction (SS), with more positive presumed outcomes associated with increasing levels of school satisfaction (cf. Huebner & Gilman, 2006). Given recent concerns over possible negative consequences associated with the very highest levels of general subjective well-being (Oishi, Diener, & Lucas, 2007), this study investigated the relationships of very high levels of SS, in particular, to measures of academic achievement and interpersonal relationships among middle school students. Analyses based on those of Oishi et al. demonstrated that for both academic achievement and interpersonal relationship measures, the non-linear effect was not significant for this sample of US middle school students. Limitations of the study as well as implications for future research are discussed.


School satisfactionAdolescentsInterpersonal relationshipsAcademic performance

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