Sources of Meaning in Life Among Chinese University Students
Publication in refereed journal



摘要The current studies were designed to explore the structure of sources of meaning in life among Chinese university students. In Study 1, we content-analyzed 171 students' answers to the question of what made their lives meaningful and derived 74 frequently mentioned ideas. Then, we composed a questionnaire based on these ideas and administered it to another sample of 523 university students in Study 2. Seven underlying dimensions were identified through exploratory factor analysis: Self-development (i.e., to accomplish one's aspirations and actualize one's potential), social commitment (i.e., to contribute to society and to adhere to moral principles), interpersonal relationships (i.e., relationships with family members, friends and others), secular pursuits (i.e., stable jobs, material possessions and social status), experiences in life (i.e., to experience all the joys and sorrows in life), civilization (i.e., reading, thinking, music and arts), and autonomy (i.e., to make decisions freely and take charge of one's own life). Results are discussed in light of the philosophical influences in Chinese culture, especially those from Confucianism and Taoism.
著者Zhang H, Sang ZQ, Chan DKS, Teng F, Liu M, Yu S, Tian Y
期刊名稱Journal of Happiness Studies
頁次1473 - 1492
關鍵詞Sources of meaning, meaning in life, Chinese culture
Web of Science 學科類別Psychology, Multidisciplinary;Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary;Psychology;Social Sciences - Other Topics

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