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Subjective Well-being and Social Integration of College Students

Susana Imaginário (), Luís Sérgio Vieira () and Saul Jesus ()
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Susana Imaginário: University of Algarve, Postal: PhD student, Research Centre on Spatial and Organizational Dynamics (CIEO),
Luís Sérgio Vieira: University of Algarve, Postal: Faculty of Human and Social Sciences, University of Algarve,
Saul Jesus: University of Algarve, Postal: Research Centre on Spatial and Organizational Dynamics, Faculty of Economics, University of Algarve, Campus Gambelas, 8005-139 Faro, Portugal,

Journal of Tourism, Sustainability and Well-being, 2013, vol. 1, issue 3, 215-223

Abstract: The student’s transition from secondary school to higher education consists of a series of changes that can have serious consequences if not satisfactorily overcome, including academic failure and college dropout. There are many variables than can influence this process of adjustment to higher education, with a particular emphasis given to social integration, especially because, often, this transition involves a change of residence. Using a sample of 339 students from the University of Algarve, this study aims to deepen our understanding of the relationship between student’s subjective well-being and their social integration in higher education. The results show that the variables of social integration in higher education, interpersonal relationship, personal well-being and emotional balance are predictors of the level of subjective well-being experienced by the students. On the other hand, a significant relation between socio-demographic variables and the student’s happiness was not obtained.

Keywords: Students; Higher Education; Social Integration; Subjective Well-being (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013
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