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

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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.

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You, S., Lim, S.A. & Kim, E.K. Relationships Between Social Support, Internal Assets, and Life Satisfaction in Korean Adolescents. J Happiness Stud 19, 897–915 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10902-017-9844-3

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Keywords

  • Life satisfaction
  • Social support
  • Self-efficacy
  • Emotion regulation
  • Korean adolescents