Applied Research in Quality of Life

, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp 169–182 | Cite as

Understanding Middle School Students Life Satisfaction: Does School Climate Matter?

  • Shannon M. SuldoEmail author
  • Amanda Thalji-Raitano
  • Michelle Hasemeyer
  • Cheryl D. Gelley
  • Brenna Hoy


This study of 461 middle school students explored associations between perceived school climate and life satisfaction. At the bivariate level, higher life satisfaction co-occurred with greater perceptions of each aspect of school climate. Taken together, students’ perceptions of school climate accounted for 19 % of the variance in their life satisfaction. When controlling for the commonality amongst school climate dimensions, four of six dimensions (i.e., student interpersonal relations, student-teacher relations, order and discipline, and parent involvement in schooling) emerged as unique predictors of life satisfaction. Follow-up analyses clarified that parent involvement in schooling co-occurred with greater life satisfaction for girls only. Preventative strategies to promote youth life satisfaction by targeting the most salient aspects of school climate are suggested.


Life satisfaction School climate Gender differences Early adolescence 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shannon M. Suldo
    • 1
    Email author
  • Amanda Thalji-Raitano
    • 1
  • Michelle Hasemeyer
    • 1
  • Cheryl D. Gelley
    • 1
  • Brenna Hoy
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Psychological and Social FoundationsUniversity of South FloridaTampaUSA

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