Social Indicators Research

, Volume 114, Issue 3, pp 1161–1169

Mediating Effects of Core Self-Evaluations on The Relationship Between Social Support and Life Satisfaction


DOI: 10.1007/s11205-012-0195-5

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Song, G., Kong, F. & Jin, W. Soc Indic Res (2013) 114: 1161. doi:10.1007/s11205-012-0195-5


This study examined the mediating effect of core self-evaluations on the relationship between social support and life satisfaction in Chinese adults. Three hundred and forty-two (141 males and 201 females) from Mainland China completed the Multi-Dimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support, the Core self-evaluations scale and the Satisfaction with Life Scale. Correlational results indicated that social support was associated with core self-evaluations and life satisfaction, and core self-evaluations were associated with life satisfaction. Results using structural equation modeling showed that core self-evaluations partially mediated the relationship between social support and life satisfaction. Moreover, multi-group analyses indicated that the paths in the mediation model did not differ across gender. The significance and limitations of the results are discussed.


Social supportSelf-evaluationsLife satisfactionChinese participants

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of PsychologyShaanxi Normal UniversityXi’anChina
  2. 2.Student Affair DepartmentXi’an University of Science and TechnologyXi’anChina
  3. 3.State Key Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience and LearningBeijing Normal UniversityBeijingChina