Journal of Happiness Studies

, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp 15–24 | Cite as

Middle school students’ perceptions of quality of life

  • E. Scott. HuebnerEmail author
  • Robert F. Valois
  • Raheem J. Paxton
  • J. Wanzer. Drane


Data are reported on 2278 public middle school students in South Carolina, U.S.A. Levels and demographic effects on their satisfaction with their overall lives as well as five specific domains (family, friends, self, school, and living environment) were assessed. Similar to findings with adults and high school students, most middle schoolers reported positive levels of global and domain-specific life satisfaction. Although statistically significant in some cases, the practical significance of the demographic variables was limited. Many middle schoolers reported particular dissatisfaction with their school experiences.


adolescents demographics perceived quality of life 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Scott. Huebner
    • 1
    Email author
  • Robert F. Valois
    • 1
  • Raheem J. Paxton
    • 1
  • J. Wanzer. Drane
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of South CarolinaColumbiaU.S.A

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