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.
CitationZhang, 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