Standing

Undergraduate

Type of Proposal

Oral Research Presentation

Faculty

Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Faculty Sponsor

Kenneth M. Cramer, Ph.D.

Abstract/Description of Original Work

To assess whether Maslow's hierarchy of needs can predict life satisfaction, the present study utilizes Wave 7 (2017-2020) of the World Values Survey. These data include questions on health and financial satisfaction, as well as trust and confidence in societal institutions disseminated to over 69 000 individuals from 48 countries. According to Maslow's hierarchy of needs, it is predicted that greater life satisfaction will be subsequently predicted by health satisfaction at the first level, financial satisfaction at the second level, and trust and confidence at the third level. Data were split by both the individual and national levels to determine how life satisfaction can be predicted by individuals and nations. Based on previous findings from Wave 6 (2010-2014), we anticipate that financial satisfaction and income (aligning with Maslow's second level) are more important predictors of greater life satisfaction than health satisfaction (aligning with Maslow's first level). Results will provide important implications regarding the application of Maslow's hierarchy of needs at both the individual and national levels.

Availability

March 29: 12-1 March 30: Not available March 31: 12-3 April 1: 12-2

Special Considerations

I will be presenting alone. Dr. Cramer has supervised my project, which is based off of findings from a similar study conducted for Wave 6 by Ms. Denise Deblock and Dr. Cramer.

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Life Satisfaction and Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs: An Analysis of 48 Nations

To assess whether Maslow's hierarchy of needs can predict life satisfaction, the present study utilizes Wave 7 (2017-2020) of the World Values Survey. These data include questions on health and financial satisfaction, as well as trust and confidence in societal institutions disseminated to over 69 000 individuals from 48 countries. According to Maslow's hierarchy of needs, it is predicted that greater life satisfaction will be subsequently predicted by health satisfaction at the first level, financial satisfaction at the second level, and trust and confidence at the third level. Data were split by both the individual and national levels to determine how life satisfaction can be predicted by individuals and nations. Based on previous findings from Wave 6 (2010-2014), we anticipate that financial satisfaction and income (aligning with Maslow's second level) are more important predictors of greater life satisfaction than health satisfaction (aligning with Maslow's first level). Results will provide important implications regarding the application of Maslow's hierarchy of needs at both the individual and national levels.