Focusing Illusion in Life Satisfaction Among College Students Living in Brazil

Revista de Administracao de Empresas, 53(5), pp. 430-441, 2013

12 Pages Posted: 12 Sep 2014 Last revised: 27 Sep 2014

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Wesley Mendes-Da-Silva

Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV) - Finance, Accounting and Controllership Department of Fundação Getulio Vargas (São Paulo, Brazil)

Jill Norvilitis

SUNY Buffalo State College

Luciana Massaro Onusic

Unifesp - Universidade Federal de São Paulo

Gilnei Luiz de Moura

Federal University of Santa Maria (UFSM)

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

Literature shows that there are significant associations between health and happiness. Various countries are considering, contemplating or formally incorporating the happiness variable into their public health policies. Moreover, the private sector has shown interest in the topic. Based on that this article examines the biases in the perception of satisfaction with life among young adults in two Brazilian cities. The study explores the associations between aspects of life and perception of happiness because public policies associated with happiness require an improved understanding of the subjectivity of the sense of well-being. A survey conducted among 368 college students enabled analysis through Multivariate Analysis of Covariance (MANCOVA) and linear regression. The results suggest that, although there were no significant differences in general satisfaction with life between the two cities, there were indications of focusing illusion in the perception of happiness caused by expectations arising from the feeling of personal insecurity in a metropolis.

Keywords: Well-Being, Happiness, Brazil, Emerging Markets, Life Satisfaction, Students

Suggested Citation

Mendes-Da-Silva, Wesley and Norvilitis, Jill and Onusic, Luciana Massaro and Moura, Gilnei Luiz de, Focusing Illusion in Life Satisfaction Among College Students Living in Brazil (2013). Revista de Administracao de Empresas, 53(5), pp. 430-441, 2013, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2494670

Wesley Mendes-Da-Silva (Contact Author)

Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV) - Finance, Accounting and Controllership Department of Fundação Getulio Vargas (São Paulo, Brazil) ( email )

Sao Paulo 01313-902, São Paulo
Brazil

Jill Norvilitis

SUNY Buffalo State College ( email )

1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222
United States

Luciana Massaro Onusic

Unifesp - Universidade Federal de São Paulo ( email )

Sao Paulo, SP
Brazil

Gilnei Luiz de Moura

Federal University of Santa Maria (UFSM) ( email )

Santa Maria
Brazil

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