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Psychology professor publishes research in Journal of Happiness Studies

Thursday, May 30, 2013

buchananDr. Erin Buchanan, assistant professor of psychology at Missouri State University, co-authored research with Dr. Stefan Schulenberg and Brandy Baczwaski from the University of Mississippi to examine if the Seeking of Noetic Goals (SONG) scale, which measures how people are seeking life direction and how they feel about life achievements. Their study looked at whether the SONG scale was useful in determining search for life meaning, which is a common predictor of depressive systems and drug use.

Buchanan’s research study was conducted across two large universities (Missouri State University and the University of Mississippi), and the results of the study indicated the scale is reliable and can be used to predict depression in a college age sample.  The research is being published in the Journal of Happiness Studies.


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