Locus-of-hope and life satisfaction: The mediating roles of personal self-esteem and relational self-esteem

Hongfei DU, Allan B. I. BERNARDO, Siu Sze YEUNG

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Abstract

Research has demonstrated that hope is linked to better psychological well-being; however, little research has been conducted to examine the mechanisms underlying the link between hope and psychological well-being. The current study examined whether two types of self-esteem (personal and relational) would mediate the relationship between four loci-of-hope (internal, family, peers, and spiritual) and life satisfaction among Hong Kong and Macau college students (n = 1008). Structural equation modelling was used to test the hypotheses. Consistent with the hypotheses, both personal self-esteem and relational self-esteem partially mediated the effects of internal hope on life satisfaction. Moreover, relational self-esteem mediated the effect of external-family locus-of-hope on life satisfaction. Interestingly, a suppressing effect of personal self-esteem on the relationship between external-peers locus-of-hope and life satisfaction was found. Implications and directions for future research are discussed. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)228-233
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Volume83
Early online dateApr 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2015

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Du, H., Bernardo, A. B. I., & Yeung, S. S. (2015). Locus-of-hope and life satisfaction: The mediating roles of personal self-esteem and relational self-esteem. Personality and Individual Differences, 83, 228-233.

Keywords

  • Hope
  • Locus-of-hope
  • Personal self-esteem
  • Relational self-esteem
  • Life satisfaction