Social Indicators Research

, Volume 53, Issue 1, pp 1–16 | Cite as

The Differential Effects of Project Stress on Life-Satisfaction

  • Judy A. Makinen
  • Timothy A. Pychyl


The role of stress, particularly economic hindrance,in the prediction of global life-satisfaction wascontrasted between typically younger (n = 109)and more mature (n = 66) undergraduate students. Participants completed a Personal Projects AnalysisAppraisal Matrix including six stress dimensions, aswell as a single-item measure of globallife-satisfaction. Discriminant function analysesconducted on the students' Personal Project appraisalsrevealed that project challenge and economic hindranceaccounted for 25% of the variability inlife-satisfaction for the mature students, but none ofthe stress dimensions predicted life satisfaction forthe younger students. These results indicate that therole of stress in the prediction of life-satisfactionvaries as a function of age, with project challengeand economic hindrance playing a significant role inolder students' lives. The results are discussed inrelation to the developmental context of personalprojects as life tasks and the varying contexts foracademic pursuit between mature and typically youngerundergraduate students.


Significant Role Life Satisfaction Differential Effect Undergraduate Student Discriminant Function 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Judy A. Makinen
    • 1
  • Timothy A. Pychyl
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of OttawaOttawa
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyCarleton UniversityOttawa

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