Predicting life satisfaction among adolescents from immigrant families in Norway

Ethnicity & Health
D L Sam


To find out the degree of life satisfaction among adolescents with immigrant background, and the factors that may predict the level of life satisfaction among them. Five hundred and six adolescents (mean age = 15.34, SD = 1.67) with immigrant background from Vietnam, Pakistan, Chile and Turkey were recruited from five major Norwegian cities, and were asked to fill in a questionnaire with several measures, including demographic information, life satisfaction, acculturation strategies, ethnic identity and mastery. A control group involving 209 Norwegian youth were also included in the study. On the whole the adolescents with immigrant background were found to be fairly satisfied with their life (M = 3.55, SD = 0.81). Using Socio-Economic Status as covariance, adolescents with immigrant background did not differ from their Norwegian counterparts on life satisfaction level (F = 0.58, p > 0.05). Chileans were found to be the most satisfied group, and Vietnamese the least satisfied. The higher life satisfaction among Chileans compared with the other ethnic groups is viewed as a possible selection bias. While demographic factors accounted for just 4% of the explained variance, personal factors accounted for over 20% of the explained v...Continue Reading


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