Year of Publication

2009

Date of Thesis

09-2009

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Occupational Therapy

Abstract

Happiness is a state of well-being pursued by people all over their world in their everyday activities. The author examines happiness models and models utilized in occupational science to identify a relationship between occupational performance and subjective happiness. The purpose of this study is to examine the relationship between occupational performance and happiness, and to predict happiness among college students from a college in New York State completed an online survey to rate their happiness, occupational performance, and coping. The survey results were analyzed using Pearson correlations and forward linear multiple regression analyses. The findings suggest that social occupational performance, the ability to cope with occupational stress, and academic occupational performance were the most important predictors of happiness in the college students surveyed. Together, these variables indicated a significant relationship between occupational performance areas and happiness and they predicted 40.0% of the variance in students' ratings of subjective happiness.

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