Date of Award

Fall 2021

Document Type

Dissertation Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)



Committee Chairperson

Lia O'Brien, PhD

Committee Member

Angela Clarke, PhD

Committee Member

Anita Foeman, PhD


Life satisfaction (LS) is defined as the degree of satisfaction to which a person evaluates her life as a whole and not just one moment in time. Generally, there has been a great deal of research on life satisfaction among various populations, but there is a dearth of research on life satisfaction among Black women. Therefore, this research aims to fill this gap in the literature by studying life satisfaction among Black women from the following ethnic groups: African American, African, and Caribbean. The goal of this research is to identify differences in life satisfaction among these groups and examine whether perceived congruence (PC) moderates this relation. Perceived congruence is the extent to which an individual feels that their reality matches their expectations. The mean LS score for participants was 24.56 (SD=6.65) which is in the “slightly satisfied” range on the SWLS. Results showed that there were no significant differences in LS between the ethnic groups (F(2, 196)=.21, p>.05). The mean PC score was 0.83. It was found that PC was positively and significantly associated with life satisfaction for all groups (r(193)=.50, p