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Relationship between the domains of the Multidimensional Students’ Life Satisfaction Scale, satisfaction with food-related life and happiness in university students

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  • Berta Schnettler, Universidad de la Frontera, Chile
  • Ligia Orellana, Universidad de la Frontera, Chile
  • Germán Lobos, Escuela de Ingeniería Comercial, Universidad de Talca, Chile
  • Horacio Miranda, Universidad de la Frontera, Chile
  • José Sepúlveda, Universidad de la Frontera, Chile
  • Soledad Etchebarne, Universidad de Chile, Chile
  • Marcos Mora, Universidad de Chile, Chile
  • Klaus G Grunert
Aim: to characterize types of university students based on satisfaction with life domains that affect eating habits, satisfaction with food-related life and subjective happiness.
Materials and methods: a questionnaire was applied to a nonrandom sample of 305 students of both genders in five universities in Chile. The questionnaire included the abbreviated Multidimensional Student’s Life Satisfaction
Scale (MSLSS), Satisfaction with Food-related Life Scale (SWFL) and the Subjective Happiness Scale (SHS). Eating habits, frequency of food consumption in and
outside the place of residence, approximate height and weight and sociodemographic variables were measured.
Results: using factor analysis, the five-domain structure of the MSLSS was confirmed with 26 of the 30 items of the abbreviated version: Family, Friends, Self, Environment and University. Using cluster analysis four types of students were distinguished that differ significantly in the MSLSS global and domain scores, SWFL and SHS scores, gender, ownership of a food allowance card funded by the Chilean government, importance attributed to food for well-being and socioeconomic status.
Original languageEnglish
JournalNutricion Hospitalaria
Pages (from-to)2752-2763
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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