South African university students’ life satisfaction and perceptions of African immigrants

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Kelvin Mwaba
Marie Louise Kayitesi
Cite this article:  Mwaba, K., & Kayitesi, M. (2014). South African university students’ life satisfaction and perceptions of African immigrants. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 42(7), 1127-1132.


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In recent years, South Africa has experienced xenophobic violence directed against African immigrants. Our aim in this study was to investigate life satisfaction and perceptions of African immigrants among black South African university students. Undergraduate psychology students (192 women and 63 men) completed the Temporal Satisfaction With Life Scale and Southern African Migration Programme Survey Questionnaire. The results supported our expectation of the students’ high levels of life satisfaction and favorable perceptions of African immigrants.

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