Year of Publication


Date of Thesis


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Occupational Therapy

Subject Categories

Occupational therapy; Sustainable living -- case studies


Previous literature suggests that participating in sustainable behaviors may lead to increased positive feelings. Yet no study has been conducted relating the construct of sustainable behaviors (SB) consisting of the four factors—altruism, frugality, pro-ecological behaviors, and equity— with the complex construct of subjective well-being (SWB). This study was completed by surveying 402 adults employed at a college using tools that assessed their participation in SB and the perception of their own SWB. Through structural equation modeling, it was found that participation in SB significantly and positively influenced one's SWB, concluding that 6.5% of a person's SWB is influenced by his or her participation in SB. The results suggest that the more pro-ecological, altruistic, frugal, and equitable a person reports to be, the higher his or her own perception of well-being will be. The study provides strong evidence to support the concept that sustainable behaviors may not only solely benefit the planet, but may also positively influence humans' overall well-being.



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