The Confluence

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This paper explains a research proposal on the relationship between demographic variables and life satisfaction of college students. The variables being measured are gender, race, socioeconomic class, and college majors. A literature review was conducted to examine previous research on these variables in relation to life satisfaction. A relationship between these variables was found throughout the research studies that were analyzed. The proposed methodology for this research is a survey distributed to students at Lindenwood University. The survey will consist of four demographic questions as well as the Riverside Life Satisfaction Scale (Margolis et al., 2019) for participants to complete. A scale has been created to assess the results by labeling participants as having low, medium, or high satisfaction with life. There are many benefits of conducting this research that are discussed throughout this proposal. This research will contribute to a better understanding of possible factors that may contribute to one’s overall satisfaction with life.

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Alea Farmer is a student researcher at Lindenwood University. She is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology and plans to graduate in the spring of 2023. She completed several courses that have furthered her knowledge on research and data analysis. She is currently preparing to conduct an independent research study on demographic variables and life satisfaction. She presented her research proposal at the Lindenwood Student Research Conference. Alea Farmer plans to continue her career in Psychology by obtaining a Ph.D. in Psychology.

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