Association between social connectedness and well-being: A study of the mediating role of psychological vulnerability

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Yelpaze İ., DENİZ M. E., Satıcı B.

Turkish Psychological Counseling and Guidance Journal, vol.11, no.62, pp.367-382, 2021 (Scopus) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 11 Issue: 62
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.17066/tpdrd.1001712
  • Journal Name: Turkish Psychological Counseling and Guidance Journal
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.367-382
  • Keywords: Bootstrapping, Psychological Vulnerability, Social Connectedness, Structural Equation Modelling, Well-being
  • Yıldız Technical University Affiliated: Yes


© 2021 Turkish Psychological Counseling and Guidance Association. All rights reserved.The researcher in this study examined psychological vulnerability as a mediator between social connectedness and well-being among university students in Turkey. Two hundred sixty-one students (138 females and 123 males, mean age = 20.95 ± 1.49) completed self-report questionnaires including the Social Connectedness Scale, the Subjective Vitality Scale, the Subjective Happiness Scale, the Flourishing Scale, and the Psychological Vulnerability Scale. The researcher explored a theoretical-conceptual model and tested it using Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) and bootstrapping. SEM results showed that social connectedness had a direct effect on well-being, partially mediated by psychological vulnerability. The results indicated an indirect yet significant effect of psychological vulnerability on the relationship between social connectedness and well-being. Theoretical implications and research limitations were discussed.