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Relationship Between Demographic Variables, Life Satisfaction, Psychological Wellbeing and Psychological Distress: A Study with Indian Research Scholar

Mahesh Kumar Maurya

Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
C.M.P. Degree College, University of Allahabad
Allahabad (U.P.), India


The present study was conducted with the objective of examining the nature of the relationship between life satisfaction and mental health of research scholar in India. Participants were 287 research scholars from the Banaras Hindu University (BHU), International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS) & Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS). Out of total 287 participants, 143 participants were taken from BHU, 94 participants were taken from IIPS and 50 participants were taken from TISS. The scale for measuring Multidimensional Students’ life satisfaction, developed by Huebner (2001) was used. Among the mental health status dimensions, general well-being was assessed on the dimensions of psychological wellbeing (PWB) and psychological distress (PD) (Heubeck & Neill, 2000). Findings of the study clearly highlight the role of life satisfaction in determining mental health of research scholars. Psychological wellbeing of research scholar was significantly, positively correlated with family, friends, university, living environment & self and negatively correlated with psychological distress. Results also showed that psychological distress of research scholar was significantly, negatively correlated with family & self. Life satisfaction dimensions, living environment, self, friends and family significantly, positively predicted variance in psychological well being of Indian research scholar. Life satisfaction dimensions, self and family significantly, negatively predicted and living environment significantly, positively predicted variance in psychological distress of Indian research scholar.

Key words: Life Satisfaction, Psychological Wellbeing, Psychological Distress, Research Scholar.

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