Character strengths, sociodemographic characteristics, and life satisfaction in Mexican students




strengths, life satisfaction, Mexican adults.


The main purpose of this study was to identify the existing relationship between character strengths and life satisfaction, as well as some sociodemographic aspects related to gender differences. Both the Virtue and Strength Inventory (IVYF; Cosentino & Castro, 2008) and the Satisfaction with Life Scale (SWLS; Diener, Emmons, Larsen & Griffin, 1985) were administered to 343 undergraduate students whose primary major of study pertained to health professions. Results indicated that for women, love and gratitude are the strengths that explained 21.3 % of the variance regarding satisfaction with life, while love and social intelligence predicted 44.5 % of life satisfaction for men. Results are discussed under the light of cultural differences.


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Author Biographies

Norma Alicia Ruvalcaba-Romero, University of Guadalajara

Chair of the Department of Mental Health Clinics

University Center of Health Sciences

University of Guadalajara

Julia Gallegos-Guajardo, University of Monterrey

School of Psychology
University of Monterrey

Laura N. Alfaro-Beracoechea, University of Guadalajara


University Center La Cienega

University of Guadalajara

Gabriela Orozco-Solís, University of Guadalajara


University Center of Health Sciences

University of Guadalajara


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How to Cite

Ruvalcaba-Romero, N. A., Gallegos-Guajardo, J., Alfaro-Beracoechea, L. N., & Orozco-Solís, G. (2018). Character strengths, sociodemographic characteristics, and life satisfaction in Mexican students. Acción Psicológica, 15(2), 95–106.



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