Going beyond self-esteem to predict life satisfaction: The Chinese case

Xiaohua Sylvia Chen, Fanny M. Cheung, Michael Harris Bond, Jin Pang Leung

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The present study examined three fundamental components contributing to life satisfaction among Chinese college students - who you are, how you conceive of yourself, and how you understand the world in which you function. To account for life satisfaction beyond self-esteem, we used two comprehensive measures of personality and social beliefs that have recently established their cross-cultural applicability: the Cross-Cultural Personality Assessment Inventory and the Social Axioms Survey. It was found that the personality variables tapping interpersonal relationship and social axioms tapping perceptions of social contexts were significantly related to life satisfaction over and above its relationship to self-esteem. These and other constructs were discussed as emic and possibly pancultural contributors to subjective well-being.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24-35
Number of pages12
JournalAsian Journal of Social Psychology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Life satisfaction
  • Self-esteem
  • Social axioms
  • The Cross-Cultural Personality Assessment Inventory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Social Sciences(all)


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