ERG SES G 03, ICT and Education
Being a university student can be challenging not only for educational reasons but also for developmental issues. University students are in the period of emerging adulthood which has its own characteristics (Arnett, 2004).
Romantic relationships in emerging adulthood are very important issues since the quality of this relationship has associated with happiness (Demir, 2008). Therefore, in the current study, dating status will be included into the study to determine the predictive role of it.
Perfectionism which is defined as striving for flawlessness (Flett & Hewitt, 2002) has been studied in literature with an increasing number. According to Hamachek (1978) perfectionism has been divided into two types: normal and neurotic. Normal or adaptive perfectionism is seen as a positive form of the perfectionism whereas the neurotic or maladaptive perfectionism is seen as the negative form of it. It is well documented in the literature that perfectionism affects all aspects of life.
In the literature, the relationship between big five personality traits and life satisfaction has been studied in many studies. Big five personality theory consisted of as the follows: neuroticism, extraversion, openness to experience, agreeableness and conscientiousness. In these studies, neuroticism and extraversion were mostly emphasized and results showed that neuroticism negatively associated with life satisfaction; whereas extraversion found positively associated with it (Doğan, 2013).
With the light of these information, it can be interpreted that dating status, adaptive-maladaptive perfectionism and big-five personality traits could have a role in predicting the life satisfaction of emerging adults. Therefore, in the present study, the following research question will be tried to investigate. The research question of the study is ‘‘How well do dating status, adaptive - maladaptive perfectionism and big-five personality traits predict the life satisfaction of emerging adults?’’
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