Confucian virtues and Chinese adolescent development

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Despite industrialization and urbanization in different Chinese communities, Confucian virtues are regarded as developmental ideals in the Chinese culture. Unfortunately, while Confucian virtues are commonly discussed under Chinese philosophies, they are rarely examined in the context of developmental research. In this paper, several key Confucian virtues including loyalty (“zhong”), filial piety (“xiao”), benevolence (“ren”), affection (“ai”), trustworthiness (“xin”), righteousness (“yi”), harmony (“he”), peace (“ping”), propriety (“li”), wisdom (“zhi”), integrity (“lian”), and shame (“chi”) are discussed. These Chinese traditional virtues are also linked to the concepts of character strengths and positive youth development constructs highlighted in Western culture. It is argued that Confucian virtues provide an indigenous conceptual framework to understand character strengths and positive youth development in the Chinese culture. Furthermore, when service leadership is considered in Chinese contexts, these virtues should be regarded as important cornerstones.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPromotion of Holistic Development of Young People in Hong Kong
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781628080407
ISBN (Print)9781628080193
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014

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