CBMS-OPHI survey results show positive correlation between educational attainment and well-being

Among the most notable results from Barangay 80 in Pasay City and Barangay Lumbangan in Rosario, Batangas are as follows:

  • Workers who are better educated are less likely to be employed in jobs that do not have employment benefits;
  • Higher income is associated with having more employment benefits;
  • Results suggest that individuals with higher educational attainment are more likely to be in a better state of psychological well-being;
  • Better-educated respondents are more likely to have higher levels of autonomy, further suggesting a link between education and empowerment in general;
  • Respondents with lower levels of education are more prone to feelings of shame; and
  • The group with the lowest educational attainment experienced more disrespect and prejudiced and unfair treatment.

Other key findings are as follows:

  • More young respondents reported that they can change things in their community;
  • Urban respondents are more likely to see themselves as agents of change in their community or neighborhood compared to rural respondents;
  • Autonomy is found to be highest with respect to religious practice;
  • Respondents who are poor are more likely to report that they are not happy and satisfied with life overall;
  • Poor individuals tend to be more prone to feelings of shame;
  • A large proportion of employed individuals do not receive any kind of protection in terms of employment benefits;
  • There were more victims of crime against property in the urban area than in the rural area; and
  • More non-poor respondents experienced crimes against property while more poor respondents were victims of crimes against person.


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