IJSSH 2017 Vol.7(9): 612-617 ISSN: 2010-3646
doi: 10.18178/ijssh.2017.V7.897

Adherence to Chinese Traditional Values: Correlates and Determinants

Robert J. Taormina
Abstract—Adherence to traditional Chinese values was tested using a two-factor measure of traditional values with data from 309 Chinese adults to assess their personal and public observance of traditional Chinese values. Adherence was compared with several demographic variables, and a set of social and psychological measures, as possible statistical predictors of living by traditional values. Life Satisfaction (as measured by feelings of personal accomplishment) was also tested as a possible outcome of living according to traditional values. Results found significant positive correlations between adherence to both Personal and Public Traditional Values and the demographics of Age, Marital Status, Monthly Income, and Residence (but no significant correlations with Gender, Education, or Religious Conviction). Also, both types of traditional values had highly significant positive correlations with Family Emotional Support, Conscientiousness, Physiological Needs Satisfaction, Safety-Security Needs Satisfaction, Individualism, and Collectivism. For predicting adherence to Chinese traditional values, regression analyses found that several of the demographic, social, and psychological variables were able to predict 26% of the variance for Personal Traditional Values, and 29% for Public Traditional Values. An additional regression revealed that adherence to Public Traditional Values was a significant predictor of one’s personal accomplishments in life.

Index Terms—Traditional values, China, personal values, public values, life satisfaction, family emotional support.

Robert J. Taormina is with the Psychology Department, University of Macau, Macau (SAR), China (e-mail: Taormina@umac.mo).

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Cite: Robert J. Taormina, "Adherence to Chinese Traditional Values: Correlates and Determinants," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 7, no. 9, pp. 612-617, 2017.

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