Subjective Well-Being, Values and Goal Achievement

  • Ferran Casas
  • Mònica González
  • Cristina Figuer
  • Germà Coenders
Part of the Social Indicators Research Series book series (SINS, volume 23)


The relation between life domains satisfaction and overall life satisfaction, values, internal/external perceived control and the option of planning or by chance searching information on the Internet has been explored in a sample of Spanish adolescents aged 12 to 16 (N=968). Age and sex differences have been examined. Results clearly confirm a positive relation between satisfaction with life domains and overall satisfaction with life. Satisfaction with life as a whole shows also to be positively correlated with non-materialistic values. Perceived control shows to be, once again, a key construct to understand both life-satisfaction of adolescents and their behavioural intentions to plan or not to plan their action to fulfil intended goals. A clear pattern between external and internal perceived control stems from our analysis: subjects reporting to rely on chance when searching information show higher external perceived control while respondents who prefer to plan show higher internal perceived control. The more satisfaction expressed with learning related items (satisfaction with school performance, learning, and preparation for future), with family and with life as a whole, the more tendencies are observed among the respondents to plan their search. No direct relation has been observed between values and behavioural intentions to plan or not to plan action to fulfil intended goals. Perceived control, but also satisfaction with some life domains and with life as a whole seem to act as mediating factors between behavioural intentions and values.

by chance children goal achievement Internet life-satisfaction perceived control plan values 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ferran Casas
    • 1
  • Mònica González
    • 1
  • Cristina Figuer
    • 1
  • Germà Coenders
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut de Recerca sobre Qualitat de Vida (IRQV)Universitat de GironaGironaSpain

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