Relationship between Optimism and Quality of Life among Punjab University Students

Author: Kashmala Saher

Supervisor: Ms. Afsheen Masood

Degree: M.Sc

Year: 2006-2008

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


The present research was conducted to explore the relationship between optimism and quality of life among Punjab University students. A sample of 240 students (120 males and 120 females) was drawn from various departments of University of the Punjab; Lahore by using non probability purposive sampling technique. Correlation research design was used. A self constructed, indigenous scale of optimism was designed, based on the guidelines of optimism test by Seligman (2002) and WHOQOL-BREF (1996) a scale on quality of life, the permission to use this scale was granted by the respective researchers. A pilot study was done to investigate the psychometric properties of the scales. Descriptive and inferential statistics was used to analyze the results. Pearson product moment correlation was applied to analyze the data. Optimism was significantly and positively correlated to quality of life.

Keywords: Optimism, Quality of Life, Punjab University Students

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Corresponding Address: Department of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Email:, Phone: 92-42-9231245

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