Categorization of College Students' Meaning of Life

  • Devogler K
  • Ebersole P
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Attempted to develop meaning-in-life categories that would have adequate interrater reliability and stability over time. Also of interest were the categories that college students endorsed and the number of students who reported no meaning in life. A pilot study was used to develop appropriate categories. 100 undergraduates were asked to write about the 3 most meaningful things in their lives and then rank their written meanings in order of importance. Eight categories had adequate interrater reliability and stability over a 3-mo period. The "relationship" category was most often chosen followed by "service," "growth," "belief," "existential-hedonistic," "obtaining," "expression," and "understanding." Only 5% claimed life to have no meaning. (5 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2000 APA, all rights reserved)

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  • Karen L. Devogler

  • Peter Ebersole

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