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ERIC Number: EJ829780
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0303-8300
Subjective Quality of Life in Zhuhai City, South China: A Public Survey Using the International Wellbeing Index
Chen, Zhenghui; Davey, Gareth
Social Indicators Research, v91 n2 p243-258 Apr 2009
The study of subjective quality of life and its connotations in the People's Republic of China is at a preliminary stage. Although there is an emerging body of literature on this topic, there are few datasets representative of the general public, particularly in Mainland China. This paper reports the findings of a public survey (N = 449) conducted in Zhuhai City, South China using the International Wellbeing Index (IWI). There were four main aims: (1) to judge whether residents were satisfied with their lives; (2) to compare the data with recent findings from Hong Kong and Macau; (3) to investigate the equivalence of the IWI in terms of its psychometric properties; and (4) to determine the applicability of the "Theory of Homeostasis Wellbeing". The data indicated a moderate level of personal (PWI score = 64.4.) and national (NWI score = 57.4) wellbeing, consistent with recent findings from Hong Kong and Macau. The PWI score was within the normative range for non-Western countries, which indicates that the residents were, on the whole, satisfied with their lives. Although previously reported objective measures of quality of life in Zhuhai are lower than in Hong Kong and Macau, this is not reflected in this study's subjective measures. This finding was interpreted in terms of the "Theory of Subjective Wellbeing Homeostasis", and the specific situation in Zhuhai, as there seems to be an absence of factors (i.e., no harsh economic or social situation) which could drive subjective wellbeing below normal. Last, that the IWI demonstrated good psychometric performance in terms of its reliability, validity, and sensitivity, and concurred with previous published reports, it seems that the scale's robustness generalises to Chinese samples.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China; Hong Kong