Psy1101 Essay

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METHOD Participants A total of 523 first year psychology students from RMIT University participated in the study as part of their course requirement. Three hundred and fifty seven females and 165 males between the ages of 17-54 years were involved (a mean age of 21.19 and a standard deviation of 4.92 years.) Materials Two questionnaires were prepared for participants to respond to online using a computer. The Social Activity Measure (SAM) (Cooper, Okamura & Gurka, 1992) measured participants’ social activity. The same score calculation process for this measure was conducted as that explained by Cooper et al. in their study. The Satisfaction with Life Scale (SWLS) (Diener, Emmons, Larsen & Griffin, 1985) measured overall cognitive judgments of participants’ satisfaction with life. Responses to the 5-item survey were given on a seven-point Likert scale where 1 = strongly disagree and 7 = strongly agree. Higher overall scores indicated greater life satisfaction, and the maximum attainable score was 35. The measure is considered to be reliable and valid (Pavot, Diener, Colvin & Sandvik, 1991). Procedure Participants were informed of the conduction of the experiment and provided informed consent to participate. They then used a computer to anonymously complete the 2 online questionnaires during class time. The results of the questionnaires were then processed and any score 3 standard deviations above the mean was removed. Descriptive statistics and correlation coefficients were calculated to demonstrate the strength of the existing relationships between variables. RESULTS WRITE SHIT HERE GO LOZZY GO! Table 1. Descriptive statistics for SWSL total, SAM total, SAM frequency and SSAM total as represented by the mean, standard deviation, and lowest and highest scores. | M | SD | Lowest | Highest | SWSL Total | 23.79 | 6.38 |

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