Are Competitive And/or Contentious College Graduates More Satisfied With Life?
Edward A. Ward, Bruce W. Eagle

The Satisfaction with Life Scale (SWLS) (Diener, Emmons, Larsen, & Griffin, 1985) and the Revised Competitiveness Index (RCI) (Houston, McIntire, & Francis, 2002) were administered to 166 women and 193 men (N = 359) who had graduated from a AACSB accredited college of business located at a medium size university in the United States of America. For the male participants, both contentiousness (r = .11) and competitiveness (r = -.09) had a nonsignificant correlation with life satisfaction. For the female participants, although contentiousness had a nonsignificant correlation with life satisfaction (r = .11), competitiveness correlated significantly with life satisfaction (r = .24, p < .01). In both samples, contentiousness correlated significantly with competitiveness.

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