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Advances in Psychological Science    2013, Vol. 21 Issue (8) : 1357-1370     DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2013.01357
Meta-Analysis |
A Meta-analysis of the Relationship between Social Support and Subjective Well-being
SONG Jiameng;FAN Huiyong
(School of Education and Sports Science & Institute of Educational Psychology, Bohai University, Jinzhou 121013, China)
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Abstract  This meta-analysis was designed to explore the relationship between social support and subjective well-being, and moderating effects of primary study characteristics on their associations. 86 primary studies were identified with a total sample size of 32948 participants. Results of the meta-analysis showed that the social support rating scale (SSRS), including its three dimensions, correlated significantly with subjective well-being, satisfaction with life, positive affect, and negative affect, with rs ranging from -0.23 to 0.36. These correlations were moderated by type of participants. Among deaf/dumb students and middle school students correlations were highest while associations were lowest in older samples. Other study characteristics including type of publication, year of publication, and well-being scales employed did not have significant moderating effects on the relationship between SSRS and subjective well-being. Several unresolved issues and future research directions are also discussed.
Keywords social support      subjective well-being      social support rating scale      satisfaction with life      positive emotion      negative emotion     
Corresponding Authors: FAN Huiyong   
Issue Date: 15 August 2013
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SONG Jiameng,FAN Huiyong. A Meta-analysis of the Relationship between Social Support and Subjective Well-being[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2013, 21(8): 1357-1370.
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