Social Indicators Research

, Volume 115, Issue 1, pp 241–252 | Cite as

Social Coping and Life Satisfaction in Adolescents

  • Runa Saha
  • E. Scott HuebnerEmail author
  • Kimberly J. Hills
  • Patrick S. Malone
  • Robert F. Valois


This study examined the relationships among early adolescent social coping behavior and measures of subjective well-being, specifically global life satisfaction and friend satisfaction. A total of 1,011 students in grades 7–8 at a southeastern US middle school completed measures of global life satisfaction, friend satisfaction and coping, on two occasions, 5 months apart. Social support seeking coping behavior at Time 1, but not problem-solving, distancing, internalizing or externalizing coping behaviors at Time 1, uniquely predicted global life satisfaction and friend satisfaction at Time 2. Implications for research and promoting adolescent well-being are discussed.


Life satisfaction Coping Adolescence 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Runa Saha
    • 1
  • E. Scott Huebner
    • 1
    Email author
  • Kimberly J. Hills
    • 1
  • Patrick S. Malone
    • 1
  • Robert F. Valois
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of South CarolinaColumbiaUSA
  2. 2.School of Public HealthUniversity of South CarolinaColumbiaUSA

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