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

Xianliang Zheng1, Yaqin Wang1, Lei Xu2
1School of Educational Science, Gannan Normal University, People’s Republic of China
2College of Education, Shanghai Normal University, People’s Republic of China
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, 1575-1584.

Volume 44 Issue 9 | e5857 | Published: October 2016 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2016.44.9.1575

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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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