Sequential mediating effects of provided and received social support on trait emotional intelligence and subjective happiness : A longitudinal examination in Hong Kong Chinese university students

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)478-486
Journal / PublicationInternational Journal of Psychology
Issue number4
Online published3 Apr 2018
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2019


Past research has often focused on the effects of emotional intelligence and received social support on subjective well‐being yet paid limited attention to the effects of provided social support. This study adopted a longitudinal design to examine the sequential mediating effects of provided and received social support on the relationship between trait emotional intelligence and subjective happiness. A total of 214 Hong Kong Chinese undergraduates were asked to complete two assessments with a 6‐month interval in between. The results of the sequential mediation analysis indicated that the trait emotional intelligence measured in Time 1 indirectly influenced the level of subjective happiness in Time 2 through a sequential pathway of social support provided for others in Time 1 and social support received from others in Time 2. These findings highlight the importance of trait emotional intelligence and the reciprocal exchanges of social support in the subjective well‐being of university students.

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  • Emotional intelligence, Provided social support, Received social support, Subjective happiness

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