Purpose in life and well-being: the relationship between purpose in life, hope, coping, and inward sensitivity among first-year university students
The present study investigated the relationship between purpose in life, hope, coping, and spiritual sensitivity among a sample of 166 first year psychology students. Family support and hopefulness predicted strong purpose in life. Inward sensitivity, together with agency thinking as part of hopefulness, notably increased the predictive variance of strong purpose in life. Positive correlations were also found between all variables, as well as low indications of suicidal ideation. These findings, particularly that for inward sensitivity, are able to contribute to programs that personally support first-year university students, especially in the early months of this experience.