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Journal of Happiness Studies

, Volume 19, Issue 1, pp 27–39 | Cite as

Flourishing is Associated with Higher Academic Achievement and Engagement in Filipino Undergraduate and High School Students

  • Jesus Alfonso D. Datu
Research Paper

Abstract

Flourishing emphasizes the importance of integrating subjective well-being and psychological well-being to offer a more comprehensive view of mental health. Recognizing the potential advantage of flourishing, previous empirical studies have examined the relations of flourishing to positive psychological outcomes such as hope, life satisfaction, mental health, and positive emotions. However, it appears that limited research has been carried out to assess the role of flourishing in the educational context. Hence, the current research examined the association of flourishing with relevant academic outcomes (i.e., perceived academic achievement, academic achievement, behavioral engagement, and emotional engagement) after controlling for relevant demographic variables, life satisfaction, positive affect, and negative affect among Filipino undergraduate and high school students. Study 1 showed that flourishing positively predicted self-report academic achievement of Filipino undergraduate students after controlling for age, gender, and subjective well-being domains (life satisfaction, positive affect, and negative affect). Similarly, Study 2 showed that flourishing positively predicted objective measure of academic achievement, behavioral engagement, and emotional engagement in Filipino high school students even after controlling for the influence of demographic variables and subjective well-being domains. The theoretical and practical implications are discussed.

Keywords

Academic achievement Academic engagement Flourishing Well-being 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Advancement in Inclusive and Special Education, Division of Learning, Development, and Diversity, Faculty of EducationThe University of Hong KongPokfulamChina

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