Social Indicators Research

, Volume 114, Issue 2, pp 757–766 | Cite as

Loneliness and Subjective Happiness as Mediators of the Effects of Core Self-evaluations on Life Satisfaction Among Chinese College Students

  • Xiaofei YanEmail author
  • Jingkuan SuEmail author
  • Xia Zhu
  • Dan He


The primary goal of this study was to investigate the mediator effects of loneliness and subjective happiness on the relationship between core self-evaluations and life satisfaction in Chinese college students. A total of 301 participants were all students who were attending three different Chinese colleges in Nanchang, Xi’an and Yan’an. Data were collected by using the Core Self-evaluations Scale, UCLA Loneliness Scale, Subjective Happiness Scale and Satisfaction with Life Scale. Path revealed that subjective happiness fully mediated the relationship between core self-evaluations and life satisfaction. Furthermore, the association between core self-evaluations and life satisfaction was not mediated by loneliness and subjective happiness partially mediated the association between core self-evaluations and loneliness. The final model also showed a significant path from core self-evaluations through subjective happiness to life satisfaction and loneliness. Limitations of the study are considered and implications of the results for increasing individuals’ life satisfaction are discussed.


Loneliness Subjective happiness Core self-evaluations Life satisfaction 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyThe Forth Military Medical UniversityXi’anPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Xijing HospitalThe Forth Military Medical UniversityXi’anPeople’s Republic of China
  3. 3.Psychology CollegeJiangxi Normal UniversityNanchangPeople’s Republic of China

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