Journal of Happiness Studies

, Volume 19, Issue 3, pp 897–915 | Cite as

Relationships Between Social Support, Internal Assets, and Life Satisfaction in Korean Adolescents

  • Sukkyung YouEmail author
  • Sun Ah Lim
  • Eui Kyung Kim
Research Paper


In previous literature, social support has been reported to have a significant, positive relationship with life satisfaction. However, few studies have examined this relationship among Korean youths and how their psychological functioning is associated with both social support and life satisfaction. This study investigated the associations between different sources of social support (i.e., family, peer, and teacher), psychological factors (i.e., self-efficacy and emotional regulation), and life satisfaction, in a sample of 1133 Korean adolescents. The possibility of sex differences in these relationships was also investigated. Results indicated that only family support had a direct relationship with life satisfaction for male adolescents; however, all three types of social support were found to have a significant, indirect relationship with life satisfaction for male adolescents through both psychological factors. In contrast, all three types of social support had a direct relationship with life satisfaction of female adolescents. Additionally, self-efficacy had a mediating effect on the relationship between the social support from family and teachers and life satisfaction of female adolescents. The results and implications of the study are discussed.


Life satisfaction Social support Self-efficacy Emotion regulation Korean adolescents 



This work was partially supported by the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies Research Fund granted to Sukkyung You.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Hankuk University of Foreign StudiesSeoulRepublic of Korea
  2. 2.Chonbuk National UniversityJeonjuRepublic of Korea
  3. 3.North Carolina State UniversityRaleighUSA

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