Adolescent Self-esteem, Career Identity, School Learning Activity and Life Satisfaction Change: From Middle School to High School

중학교에서 고3까지의 자아존중감, 진로정체감, 학습활동과 삶의 만족도 관계연구: 4년간의 변화를 중심으로

  • Kim, Sunah (Department of Social Welfare, Soongsil Cyber University)
  • 김선아 (숭실사이버대학교 사회복지학과)
  • Received : 2018.10.01
  • Accepted : 2018.12.07
  • Published : 2018.12.31


This study utilized latent growth curve modeling to investigate the trajectories of adolescent life satisfaction changes in middle and high school students. The effects of self-esteem, career identity, school learning activity, gender, and household earnings on life satisfaction changes were examined. Data was obtained from the Korea Child Youth Panel Survey (KYCPS), a longitudinal study following students for 7 years. Year 3-6 data was utilized. Results found that the life satisfaction trajectory resulted as a quadratic model in which individual differences were significant. Second, school learning activity used as a time variant variable had a positive significant effect on life satisfaction each year. Third, gender and self-esteem as time invariant variables had significant effects on initial levels while self-esteem had effects on the slope and quadratic change. Further implications and research issues are discussed.

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Fig. 1. Adolescent Life Satisfaction Change Model

Table 1. Variable General Characteristics

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Table 2. Adolescent Life Satisfaction Structural Model Fit

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Table 3. Growth Curve Parameters for Model of Adolescent Life Satisfaction

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Table 4. Growth Curve Parameter estimates for Adolescent Life Satisfaction & Time variant variables.

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Table 5. Growth Curve Parameter estimates for Adolescent Life Satisfaction & Time invariant variables.

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