Social Indicators Research

, Volume 114, Issue 2, pp 273–285 | Cite as

Gratitude and Adolescent Athletes’ Well-Being: The Multiple Mediating Roles of Perceived Social Support from Coaches and Teammates

  • Lung Hung ChenEmail author


Since the positive psychology was emerged from 2000s, these positive constructs contribute to athlete’s well-being received much attention in sport. However, gratitude is a topic rarely discussed in the sport psychology. Thus, the current study aims at investigated the relationship between gratitude and athlete well-being. Furthermore, the mechanisms underlie the relationship was also explored. We proposed that the perceived social support from coach and teammate would be mediators. Participants were 291 adolescent athletes. Structural equation modeling was used to examine the hypothesis. Results indicated that gratitude is a positive related to athlete’s well-being. Besides, multiple-mediators analysis indicated that both perceived coach and teammate social support partially mediated the relationship between gratitude and athlete’s well-being. This study contributes to the gratitude and well-being literature by unpacking the essential psychological process behind the relationship. Implication and application were discussed in term of gratitude theory and social support.


Positive psychology Multiple mediators Broaden-and-build theory of positive emotion 



My research on gratitude was supported by Ministry of Education (2012 project of elastic salary for outstanding teacher) and National Science Council (NSC 101-2410-H-179-003), Taiwan, R.O.C. I am grateful for Chia-Huei Wu, Yun-Ci Ye, and Yen-Ping Chang for their statistics assistant as well as insightful comments on the manuscript. Thanks also go to Kuo-Fong Pan for his permission to use the Student-Athlete Perceived Social Support Scale for this study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Recreation and Leisure Industry ManagementNational Taiwan Sport UniversityTaoyuan CountyTaiwan

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