Abstract

Abstract:

The positive relationship between social support and mental health is well documented. Tang, Pu, and Yao (2009) suggested that the relationship might be mediated by a third variable, which provides the basis for the current study. We examined the mediating effects of social interest on perceived social support and mental health. Participants were 102 university students who completed measures of social interest, mental health, social desirability, and perceived social support. Using Baron and Kenny’s (1986) causal steps approach, a hierarchical linear regression was conducted to assess the mediating effects of social interest. The results indicate a full mediation effect of social interest on the relationship between perceived social support and mental health. We found that the relationship between perceived social support and mental health became nonsignificant because of the mediating effects of social interest.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2332-0583
Print ISSN
1522-2527
Pages
pp. 157-171
Launched on MUSE
2018-05-23
Open Access
No
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