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Article: Perspectives on family health, happiness and harmony (3H) among Hong Kong Chinese people: a qualitative study

TitlePerspectives on family health, happiness and harmony (3H) among Hong Kong Chinese people: a qualitative study
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Issue Date2012
PublisherOxford University Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://her.oxfordjournals.org/
Citation
Health Education Research, 2012, v. 27 n. 5, p. 767-779 How to Cite?
AbstractFamily harmony, an important Confucian ideal in Chinese society is believed to determine family happiness and therefore health, but is this accurate? This is a qualitative study of 41 Hong Kong Chinese family members. Individual recorded interviews were thematically analysed describing perceived interactions between harmony, happiness and health. Family harmony comprised four components: communication, mutual respect, lack of conflict and family time [notably 'Gou tong' (in Cantonese 溝通)-opportunity and willingness to spend time together-requiring good interpersonal communication, emphasized by female respondents]. Lack of conflict was emphasized, while diverse values, parenting styles and financial difficulties were common causes of conflict. Respect required reciprocity. Family happiness comprised four elements: family harmony, an important pre-requisite; mutual caring and supportive orientation; sense of security emphasizing financial security in middle-class versus sense of togetherness in lower social class groups and contentment. Healthy families were harmonious; 'typical' (children/two-parent/two-grandparent); happy; caring and respectful, with individual health and healthy behaviours. Family harmony, happiness and health are interrelated and built on a communicative, respectful, caring and contented set of attitudes, in particular allowing for family time. Harmony is apparently a core element of good family functioning.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/174167
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dc.contributor.authorLam, WWTen_HK
dc.contributor.authorFielding, Ren_HK
dc.contributor.authorMcDowell, Ien_HK
dc.contributor.authorJohnston, Jen_HK
dc.contributor.authorChan, Sen_HK
dc.contributor.authorLeung, GMen_HK
dc.contributor.authorLam, THen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2012-11-16T03:37:41Z-
dc.date.available2012-11-16T03:37:41Z-
dc.date.issued2012en_HK
dc.identifier.citationHealth Education Research, 2012, v. 27 n. 5, p. 767-779en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0268-1153en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/174167-
dc.description.abstractFamily harmony, an important Confucian ideal in Chinese society is believed to determine family happiness and therefore health, but is this accurate? This is a qualitative study of 41 Hong Kong Chinese family members. Individual recorded interviews were thematically analysed describing perceived interactions between harmony, happiness and health. Family harmony comprised four components: communication, mutual respect, lack of conflict and family time [notably 'Gou tong' (in Cantonese 溝通)-opportunity and willingness to spend time together-requiring good interpersonal communication, emphasized by female respondents]. Lack of conflict was emphasized, while diverse values, parenting styles and financial difficulties were common causes of conflict. Respect required reciprocity. Family happiness comprised four elements: family harmony, an important pre-requisite; mutual caring and supportive orientation; sense of security emphasizing financial security in middle-class versus sense of togetherness in lower social class groups and contentment. Healthy families were harmonious; 'typical' (children/two-parent/two-grandparent); happy; caring and respectful, with individual health and healthy behaviours. Family harmony, happiness and health are interrelated and built on a communicative, respectful, caring and contented set of attitudes, in particular allowing for family time. Harmony is apparently a core element of good family functioning.en_HK
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherOxford University Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://her.oxfordjournals.org/en_HK
dc.relation.ispartofHealth Education Researchen_HK
dc.rightsThis is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Health Education Research following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version Health Education Research, 2012, v. 27 n. 5, p. 767-779 is available online at: http://her.oxfordjournals.org/content/27/5/767-
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.titlePerspectives on family health, happiness and harmony (3H) among Hong Kong Chinese people: a qualitative studyen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.emailLam, WWT: wwtlam@hku.hken_HK
dc.identifier.emailFielding, R: fielding@hku.hken_HK
dc.identifier.emailJohnston, J: jjohnsto@hku.hken_HK
dc.identifier.emailChan, S: nssophia@hkucc.hku.hken_HK
dc.identifier.emailLeung, GM: gmleung@hku.hken_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1093/her/cys087en_HK
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