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Article: Meaning of life as a protective factor of positive affect in acculturation: A resilience framework and a cross-cultural comparison

TitleMeaning of life as a protective factor of positive affect in acculturation: A resilience framework and a cross-cultural comparison
Authors
KeywordsAcculturation
Chinese international student
Meaning of life
Positive affect
Issue Date2008
PublisherPergamon. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/ijintrel
Citation
International Journal Of Intercultural Relations, 2008, v. 32 n. 6, p. 505-514 How to Cite?
AbstractAlthough research has demonstrated a strong linkage between meaning of life and positive emotion, few studies have examined this association in the context of acculturation. The purpose of this study was to investigate the predictive effects of meaning of life and acculturative stressor on positive affect in a sample of Chinese international students in Australia and Hong Kong, and to compare these effects between the two groups. Four hundred mainland Chinese postgraduate students at six universities in Hong Kong and 227 Chinese international students at the University of Melbourne in Australia completed a questionnaire that included measures of acculturative stressor, meaning of life, positive affect, and demographic information. The analyses revealed that (1) meaning of life had a strong positive contribution to predict positive affect in acculturation, and acculturative stress had a negative impact on positive affect within both samples; (2) social interaction had a significant negative predictive effect on positive affect in both samples, and academic work served as a significant negative predictor of positive affect in the Hong Kong sample; and (3) meaning of life was found to mediate the relationship between acculturative stress and positive affect in both samples. The theoretical and practical implications of the study are discussed. © 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/88129
ISSN
2015 Impact Factor: 0.963
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.581
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dc.contributor.authorPan, JYen_HK
dc.contributor.authorWong, DFKen_HK
dc.contributor.authorChan, CLWen_HK
dc.contributor.authorJoubert, Len_HK
dc.date.accessioned2010-09-06T09:39:09Z-
dc.date.available2010-09-06T09:39:09Z-
dc.date.issued2008en_HK
dc.identifier.citationInternational Journal Of Intercultural Relations, 2008, v. 32 n. 6, p. 505-514en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0147-1767en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/88129-
dc.description.abstractAlthough research has demonstrated a strong linkage between meaning of life and positive emotion, few studies have examined this association in the context of acculturation. The purpose of this study was to investigate the predictive effects of meaning of life and acculturative stressor on positive affect in a sample of Chinese international students in Australia and Hong Kong, and to compare these effects between the two groups. Four hundred mainland Chinese postgraduate students at six universities in Hong Kong and 227 Chinese international students at the University of Melbourne in Australia completed a questionnaire that included measures of acculturative stressor, meaning of life, positive affect, and demographic information. The analyses revealed that (1) meaning of life had a strong positive contribution to predict positive affect in acculturation, and acculturative stress had a negative impact on positive affect within both samples; (2) social interaction had a significant negative predictive effect on positive affect in both samples, and academic work served as a significant negative predictor of positive affect in the Hong Kong sample; and (3) meaning of life was found to mediate the relationship between acculturative stress and positive affect in both samples. The theoretical and practical implications of the study are discussed. © 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.en_HK
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherPergamon. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/ijintrelen_HK
dc.relation.ispartofInternational Journal of Intercultural Relationsen_HK
dc.subjectAcculturationen_HK
dc.subjectChinese international studenten_HK
dc.subjectMeaning of lifeen_HK
dc.subjectPositive affecten_HK
dc.titleMeaning of life as a protective factor of positive affect in acculturation: A resilience framework and a cross-cultural comparisonen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
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dc.identifier.emailWong, DFK: dfkwong@hkucc.hku.hken_HK
dc.identifier.emailChan, CLW: cecichan@hku.hken_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.ijintrel.2008.08.002en_HK
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