Face concern: Its role on stress-distress relationships among Chinese Americans

Winnie W.S. Mak, Xiaohua Sylvia Chen

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This study examined the effects of face concern and social support on stress-distress relationships, after controlling for preexisting distress and demographic characteristics in a stratified community sample of Chinese Americans (n = 1503). Emotional support and instrumental support from family and friends were found to significantly predict psychological distress among Chinese Americans in addition to face-related daily hassles and financial strain. Face concern emerged as an important contributing factor above and beyond social support and stress variables although no interaction effect between face and face-related stressors was found. Testing this culturally salient variable has furthered our understanding of the stress-distress experiences of Chinese Americans and provided important implications for cultural dynamics in social relationships.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-153
Number of pages11
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Chinese Americans
  • Distress
  • Face concern
  • Social support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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