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dc.contributor.advisorGonsalves, Joannaen_US
dc.contributor.authorKaplan, Rachel Rachel
dc.creatorKaplan, Rachel Rachelen_US
dc.date2021-11-24T14:05:37.000en_US
dc.date.accessioned2021-11-29T11:28:54Z
dc.date.available2021-11-29T11:28:54Z
dc.date.issued2016-05-01en_US
dc.date.submitted2016-06-29T09:42:08-07:00en_US
dc.identifierhonors_theses/107en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.13013/579en_US
dc.description.abstractThe purpose of this study is to qualitatively examine attitudes about the meaning of happiness across several demographics. The primary goal is to better understand the ways in which individuals define happiness in their own words and whether these definitions fit within the three major philosophical categories of happiness (hedonism, satisfactionism, and eudaimonism). The secondary goal of this research study is to discover any significant correlations between definitions of happiness and demographic information provided by participants (i.e., age range, gender, and level of education). It was hypothesized that there would be different associations between demographic data and philosophical view of happiness. The study was conducted using a SurveyMonkey questionnaire with a link that was distributed via email. Participants (N = 93) were asked to respond to both multiple choice and open-ended questions. Open-ended responses were then coded into either one of the three philosophical categories for happiness or an 'other' category. Quantitative descriptive statistical analysis reinforces the findings of earlier studies in which concepts of happiness change with age range (Mogilner, Kamvar, & Aaker, 2010). This study also found a connection between level of religiosity/spirituality and differences in happiness views in terms of concept and meaning. Qualitative analysis supported recent findings by Fave et al. (2016), in which family, friends, and love were important features of happiness. This study also found that the components of family, friends, and love were important across all three philosophical views of happiness (hedonistic, satisfactionistic, and eudaimonistic).en_US
dc.titleWhat is This Thing Called Happiness? An Integrative Assessment of Happiness across Several Demographic Variablesen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.legacy.pubstatuspublisheden_US
dc.description.departmentPsychologyen_US
dc.date.displayMay-16en_US
dc.type.degreeBachelor of Science (BS)en_US
dc.legacy.pubtitleHonors Thesesen_US
dc.legacy.identifierhttps://digitalcommons.salemstate.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1107&context=honors_theses&unstamped=1en_US
dc.legacy.identifieritemhttps://digitalcommons.salemstate.edu/honors_theses/107en_US
dc.legacy.identifierfilehttps://digitalcommons.salemstate.edu/context/honors_theses/article/1107/type/native/viewcontenten_US
dc.subject.keywordhappinessen_US
dc.subject.keywordhedonismen_US
dc.subject.keywordsatisfactionismen_US
dc.subject.keywordeudaimonismen_US
dc.subject.keywordqualitative analysisen_US


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