Gender differences in life satisfaction and spiritual health among the junior immigrant and local Hong Kong secondary students

Yuet Mui Celeste YUEN

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Abstract

This article examines differences in life satisfaction and spiritual health (SH) between male and female and between immigrant and local Chinese junior secondary students in Hong Kong. Both the Multi-Dimensional Students’ Life Satisfaction Scale (MSLSS) and Spiritual Health and Life Orientation Measure (SHALOM) were employed. The sample comprised 6917 junior secondary students, aged 12–15. Results indicate that gender differences exist in specific domain scores of MSLSS and SHALOM. Overall, girls reported higher levels of life satisfaction and SH than boys. Segmented and differentiated interaction effects were identified. Greater interaction effects with regard to religious affiliation were noted among SA students compared to Hong Kong Chinese and CIS. Religious Chinese immigrant boys scored higher on their personal–communal combined life satisfaction but lower on their transcendental well-being compared to their Hong Kong counterparts. Significant parental education and family income moderation effects were only observed on the SH of local Chinese girls. Copyright © 2015 Routledge.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-154
JournalInternational Journal of Children's Spirituality
Volume20
Issue number2
Early online dateJul 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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gender-specific factors
immigrant
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Health
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denomination
family income
interaction
well-being
Life Satisfaction
Gender Differences
Immigrants
Education
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Boys
Interaction

Citation

Yuen, C. Y. M. (2015). Gender differences in life satisfaction and spiritual health among the junior immigrant and local Hong Kong secondary students. International Journal of Children's Spirituality, 20(2), 139-154.

Keywords

  • Spiritual health
  • Life satisfaction
  • Gender difference
  • Hong Kong
  • Immigrant students