Educational Research and Reviews

  • Abbreviation: Educ. Res. Rev.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1990-3839
  • DOI: 10.5897/ERR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 1724

Full Length Research Paper

The mediation effect of school satisfaction in the relationship between teacher support, positive affect and life satisfaction in adolescents

Bulent Baki Telef*
  • Bulent Baki Telef*
  • Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University/Turkey.
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Gokmen Arslan
  • Gokmen Arslan
  • Suleyman Demirel University/Turkey.
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Abdullah Mert
  • Abdullah Mert
  • Ministry of National Education/Turkey.
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Sezai Kalafat
  • Sezai Kalafat
  • Bulent Ecevit University/Turkey.
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  •  Received: 05 May 2015
  •  Accepted: 10 June 2015
  •  Published: 23 June 2015

Abstract

The aim of this study is to examine the relationships among teacher support, positive emotions, school satisfaction and life satisfaction in adolescences. The study had the participation of 344 adolescents from different socio-economic levels studying in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades of three public middle schools in the province of Çanakkale. The study population consisted of 173 (50.3%) girls and 171 (49.7%) boys. The data from the study were collected with the School Climate Inventory, Scale of Positive and Negative Experiences, Overall School Satisfaction Scale for Children, and Satisfaction with Life Scale. The results of structural equation modeling analysis showed that the good fit indexes of the model are at acceptable levels. Teacher support and positive emotions predict life satisfaction both directly and indirectly through school satisfaction. It was observed that school satisfaction is a mediating variable between teacher support and positive emotions with respect to life satisfaction. It can be said that teacher support and positive emotions are important factors in terms of school satisfaction and life satisfaction in adolescents.

Key words: Adolescence, positive emotions, teacher support, school satisfaction, life satisfaction.