Satisfaction with life, meaning in life, sad childhood experiences, and psychological symptoms among Turkish students

Cömert I. T., Özyeşil Z. A., Burcu Özgülük S. B.

Psychological Reports, vol.118, no.1, pp.236-250, 2016 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 118 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1177/0033294115626634
  • Journal Name: Psychological Reports
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.236-250
  • Keywords: Life satisfaction, Meaning in life, Sad childhood experience, Turkish students
  • TED University Affiliated: No


The aim of the current study was to investigate the contributions of sad childhood experiences, depression, anxiety, and stress, existence of a sense of meaning, and pursuit of meaning in explaining life satisfaction of young adults in Turkey. The sample comprised 400 undergraduate students (M age=20.2 yr.) selected via random cluster sampling. There were no statistically significant differences between men and women in terms of their scores on depression, existence of meaning, pursuit of meaning, and life satisfaction scores. However, there were statistically significant differences between men and women on the sad childhood experiences, anxiety and stress. In heirarchical regression analysis, the model as a whole was significant. Depression and existence of meaning in life made unique significant contributions to the variance in satisfaction in life. Students with lower depression and with a sense of meaning in life tended to be more satisfied with life.