Intimate relationships and happiness in Asia: A critical review

Hung Kit FOK, Sheung-Tak CHENG

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Abstract

In this chapter, Asian literature on the association between intimate relationships and happiness is reviewed. In particular, marital status and relationship quality is focused upon. In general, both marital status and relationship quality are positively related to happiness in Asian context, but there is no clear indication that such relationships differed between men and women. On the whole, the association between intimate relationship and happiness in Asian studies is similar to that found in Western literature. However, indigenous constructs such as role obligations, enqing, and responsibility are important in furthering our understanding of the nature of close relationships in Asia. Recommendations for future studies are also discussed. Copyright © 2018 Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationClose relationships and happiness across cultures
EditorsMelikşah DEMIR, Nebi SÜMER
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer
Pages55-67
ISBN (Electronic)9783319896632
ISBN (Print)9783319896618
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Citation

Fok, H.-K., & Cheng, S.-T. (2018). Intimate relationships and happiness in Asia: A critical review. In M. Demir & N. Sümer (Eds.), Close relationships and happiness across cultures (pp. 55-67). Cham: Springer.

Keywords

  • Intimate relationships
  • Happiness
  • Asia
  • Relationship quality
  • Indigenous constructs

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