Internet altruistic behavior and subjective well-being: Self-efficacy as a mediator

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Xianliang Zheng
Yaqin Wang
Lei Xu
Cite this article:  Zheng, X., Wang, Y., & Xu, L. (2016). Internet altruistic behavior and subjective well-being: Self-efficacy as a mediator. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 44(9), 1575-1584.


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We explored the mediating effect of self-efficacy in the association between Internet altruistic behavior (IAB) and subjective well-being (SWB). Chinese middle school students (N = 467; 216 boys and 251 girls, age range = 12–16 years) completed the Index of Well-Being, the Internet Altruistic Behavior Scale, and the General Self-Efficacy Scale. The results indicated that both IAB and self-efficacy had positive effects on SWB, and IAB affected SWB indirectly via self-efficacy, which showed that self-efficacy partially mediated the relationship between IAB and SWB. The results extend knowledge of how IAB functions.

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