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

Jiawen YE, Dannii Y. YEUNG*, Elaine S.C. LIU, Tina L. ROCHELLE

*Corresponding author for this work

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)478-486
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Psychology
Issue number4
Early online date3 Apr 2018
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2019
Externally publishedYes



  • Emotional intelligence
  • Provided social support
  • Received social support
  • Subjective happiness
  • Happiness
  • Hong Kong
  • Humans
  • Social Support
  • Male
  • Universities
  • Young Adult
  • Emotional Intelligence/physiology
  • Asian Continental Ancestry Group
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Students/psychology
  • Longitudinal Studies

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