Social Indicators Research

, Volume 114, Issue 3, pp 1161-1169

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

  • Guoping SongAffiliated withSchool of Psychology, Shaanxi Normal University
  • , Feng KongAffiliated withState Key Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience and Learning, Beijing Normal University Email author 
  • , Weitao JinAffiliated withStudent Affair Department, Xi’an University of Science and Technology

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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 support Self-evaluations Life satisfaction Chinese participants