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Using a regression analysis, we identified the contributing and detracting factors that are associated with life satisfaction in students. Confidence and optimism are the strongest positive factors, whereas feelings of social isolation and strain are the biggest detractors. For further details about the analysis, please see the full report.

Unite Students insight report 2016 confident feelings

Confident feelings

Cheerful; loved; capable of making decisions; able to enjoy life; coping well with problems; optimistic about future; playing a useful part in things; confident in self; calm and relaxed
Unite Students insight report 2016 resilience.

Resilience

Persistence; willingness to take on short term discomfort for long term gain; clear idea of goals; can plan way out of negative situations; consider impact of actions on others; depend on self to find a way through; disappointment doesn’t stop them from trying again.
Unite Students insight report 2016. Ability to turn to friends & family.

Ability to turn to friends & family

Feel they could turn to friends from home, friends at university, house/flat mates, family
Unite Students insight report 2016 ability to turn to university support

Ability to turn to university support

Feel they could turn to wardens, accommodation staff, university support staff, university counsellors, mentors, tutors
Unite Students insight report 2016 isolation and desperation

Isolation and desperation

Isolated or lonely; rejected by others; less interested in things used to enjoy; stressed or worried; down or depressed; ashamed; under strain; tired or lacking in energy
Unite Students insight report 2016 social life stress

Social life stress

Finding new friends; getting on with housemates/ flatmates; dating and relationships; keeping up socially with friends
Unite Students insight report 2016 existence of mental health

Existence of mental health issues

Self-reported mental health condition
Unite Students insight report 2016 university life stress

University life stress

Keeping up with study; performing well in tests and coursework; managing time; getting enough support from university; managing money.