The spirituality of the Chinese people: A critical review

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This article gives a descriptive as well as a critical picture of studies examining the spirituality of Chinese people. It systematically examines several issues in discussing various aspects of spirituality. It describes methods of assessing spirituality in Chinese people and outlines profiles about spirituality and their related socio-demographic correlates. Furthermore, it discusses the conceptual, methodological, and practical limitations of the existing studies pertinent to spirituality of Chinese people. Besides, this article assesses the meaning of life and the purpose in the lives of Chinese people using two main approaches. The first approach is to assess meaning of life by items or questions included in questionnaires. The second approach is to use psychological scales to assess the construct of meaning of life or purpose in life. The most commonly used measure is the Chinese version of the Purpose in Life Questionnaire, which assesses levels of purpose in life.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOxford Handbook of Chinese Psychology
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191743542
ISBN (Print)9780199541850
Publication statusPublished - 18 Sept 2012


  • Chinese spirituality
  • Family process
  • Meaning of life
  • Purpose in Life Questionnaire
  • Socio-demographic correlates

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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