The Role of Calling in a Social Cognitive Model of Well-Being

Hang Shim Lee, Eun Sul Lee, Yun Jeong Shin

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The present study examined the role of calling in a social cognitive model of well-being using a sample of 328 South Korean teachers. The model incorporating calling into the social cognitive model of well-being demonstrated an excellent fit, and our variables accounted for significant variance in job satisfaction (47%) and life satisfaction (38%). Among the 12 direct paths of the proposed model, 10 hypothesized paths were significant. The direct paths from positive affect to calling, self-efficacy, job satisfaction, and life satisfaction; from calling to self-efficacy, outcome expectations, and life satisfaction; from self-efficacy to outcome expectations; from outcome expectations to job satisfaction; and from job satisfaction to life satisfaction were significant. Additionally, the mediating paths between positive affect and life satisfaction via calling, self-efficacy, outcome expectations, and job satisfaction were significant. The practical implications for enhancing teachers’ job and life satisfaction and future directions of research were discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)59-75
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Career Assessment
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2020


  • South Korean teachers
  • calling
  • job satisfaction
  • life satisfaction
  • social cognitive model of well-being

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychology(all)
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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