Structural relationships between students’ social support and self-esteem, depression, and happiness

Chul-Ho Bum1, Ik-Ki Jeon2
1Department of the Golf Industry, Kyung Hee University, Republic of Korea
2Department of Taekwondo, Kyung Hee University, Republic of Korea
Cite this article:  Bum, C., & Jeon, I. (2016). Structural relationships between students’ social support and self-esteem, depression, and happiness. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 44, 1761-1774.

Volume 44 Issue 11 | e5752 | Published: December 2016 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2016.44.11.1761

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We examined structural relationships between physical education students’ social support and social self-esteem, depression, and happiness. Participants (N = 311) completed measures of perceived social support from parents, professors, and peers, and of the students’ levels of depression, happiness, and self-esteem. Results showed that parents’, professors’, and peers’ social support were significant antecedent variables that increased the students’ self-esteem, that parents’ and professors’ social support were associated with lower depression, and that high self-esteem was associated with greater happiness and lower depression. The latter association, however, was not significant. Results indicated that social support and high self-esteem are useful resources that help college students live happy lives by promoting positive emotions.

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