The Predictor and Outcome of Social Support Giving – a Self-Determination Theory Perspective

  • CHENG, Wing Yi, Rebecca (CoI)
  • CHENG, Chi Keung, Eric (CoI)
  • YANG, Lan 楊蘭 (CoI)
  • LAM, Bick Har 林碧霞 (PI)

Project: Research project

Project Details


This study examines the predictor and outcome of teachers’ provision of social support. It investigates whether ‘basic psychological need satisfaction at work’ is associated with ‘well-being’, and whether such a predicted relationship can be mediated by ‘social support giving’. Data will be gathered on local junior secondary school teachers based on a battery of questionnaires, from schools with varying backgrounds. The study extends the application of self-determination theory to study teachers’ well-being, with a connection to social support giving. The theoretical framework contributes a cross-disciplinary inquiry on teacher engagement, it suggests a crucial dimension to the universal belief of human satisfaction. The study will offer suggestions to promote teacher development.

Funding Source: RGC - General Research Fund (GRF)
Effective start/end date01/01/2131/03/23


  • Social support, Self-determination theory
  • Well-being
  • Teacher satisfaction
  • Teacher development


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