Personal spiritual values and quality of life: Evidence from Chinese college students

Kaili Chen ZHANG, C. Harry HUI, Jasmine LAM, Esther Yuet Ying LAU, Shu-fai CHEUNG, Doris Shui Ying MOK

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Values are guiding principles in our life. While some studies found spiritual values to be "healthier," Sagiv and Schwartz (Eur J Soc Psychol 30:177-198, 2000) showed that people holding non-spiritual values were higher on affective well-being. We examined the predictive power of these two types of values with a longitudinal data set collected from Chinese students mainly in Hong Kong. Structural equation modeling revealed that spiritual values (as well as family income) positively predicted quality of life a year later. Non-spiritual, self-enhancement values, did not show any association. Results suggest that developing spiritual values may promote well-being through enabling individuals to find meaning and purpose in life. Copyright © 2013 Springer Science+Business Media New York.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)986-1002
JournalJournal of Religion and Health
Issue number4
Early online date05 Mar 2013
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2014


Value of Life
Quality of Life
Hong Kong
Spiritual Values
College Students


Zhang, K. C., Hui, C. H., Lam, J., Lau, E. Y. Y., Cheung, S.-F., & Mok, D. S. Y. (2014). Personal spiritual values and quality of life: Evidence from Chinese college students. Journal of Religion and Health, 53(4), 986–1002. doi: 10.1007/s10943-013-9686-1


  • Personal spiritual values
  • Quality of life
  • College students
  • Personal development