Journal of Happiness Studies

, Volume 16, Issue 1, pp 1–15 | Cite as

Latent Class Analysis of Job and Life Satisfaction Among School Counselors: A National Survey

  • Binnur Yeşilyaprak
  • Murat BoysanEmail author
Research Paper


We surveyed 1,293 employees working in the Ministry of National Education using a sociodemographic questionnaire, the Minnesota Satisfaction Questionnaire, and the Satisfaction with Life Scale. Of these, 680 participants were school counselors (52.59 %), 371 were office staff (28.69 %), and 242 were administrators (18.72 %). Data were analyzed using latent class analysis. A four-class solution was fitted to the current data. Results revealed that 58.93 % of the respondents were satisfied and very satisfied with their current job and life. Among the school counselors, 66.47 % fell into the satisfied and very satisfied latent classes. School counselors reported greater levels of job and life satisfaction compared to other groups of employees. Working in a school and in non-urban settings were significant predictors of job and life satisfaction. Participants with higher levels of education reported higher scores on job and life satisfaction.


Job satisfaction Life satisfaction School counselors Latent class analysis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Guidance and Psychological Counseling, Faculty of Educational SciencesAnkara UniversityAnkaraTurkey
  2. 2.Department of Psychology, Faculty of ArtsYüzüncü Yıl UniversityVanTurkey

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