Trait self-control mediates the relationship between adolescents’ Internet altruistic behavior and subjective well-being

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Chao Peng
Weiyi Song
Fen Ren
Yuehua Tong
Cite this article:  Peng, C., Song, W., Ren, F., & Tong, Y. (2021). Trait self-control mediates the relationship between adolescents’ Internet altruistic behavior and subjective well-being. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 49(8), e9616.


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We investigated the mediating effect of trait self-control in the relationship between Internet altruistic behavior (IAB) and subjective well-being (SWB) in Chinese adolescents. Participants were 179 boys and 236 girls (N = 415), who completed the Internet Altruistic Behavior Scale, the Chinese Self-Control Scale, and the Index of Well-Being in one sitting. The correlation analysis results reveal that IAB had a positive correlation with trait self-control and SWB, trait self-control was positively correlated with SWB, and the combined effect of IAB and trait self-control positively affected SWB. Additionally, IAB had an indirect positive effect on SWB via trait self-control, which indicates that trait self-control partially mediated the relationship between IAB and SWB. These results offer insight into the underlying mechanisms of how IAB may promote SWB in adolescents.

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