Correlation Between Political Participation and Well-Being in First-Time Voter Students of the Faculty of Educational Psychology, State University of Malang


This research aimed to examine: (1) the level of political participation in students; (2) the level of subjective well-being of students who were first-time voters; and (3) whether there was any correlation between political participation and subjective well-being. This research employed a quantitative approach and a correlation research model. The sample consisted of 90 students of the Faculty of Educational Psychology at the State University of Malang. Data were analyzed using Pearson correlation. The results showed a significant positive correlation between political participation and subjective well-being with a correlation value of 0.438 and a p-value < 0.05. This indicated that when political participation was high, subjective well-being was also high, and vice versa.

Keywords: political participation, subjective well-being, first-time voter student

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