Retrospective peak-experiences among Chinese young adults in Hong Kong

Edward HOFFMAN, Man Yee HO, Sylvia Xiaohua CHEN, Fernando A. ORTIZ

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An investigation of early peak-experiences among 116 Hong Kong college students, all born in Hong Kong or mainland China, generated 161 retrospective reports. The most frequent peak-experiences involved interpersonal joy, followed by those of external achievement and materialism. Implications of the findings for fostering Chinese youth development from a strength-based perspective are discussed. Copyright © 2014 by the American Counseling Association. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-46
JournalJournal of Humanistic Counseling
Issue number1
Early online dateApr 2014
Publication statusPublished - 2014



Hoffman, E., Ho, M. Y., Chen, S. X., & Ortiz, F. A. (2014). Retrospective peak-experiences among Chinese young adults in Hong Kong. Journal of Humanistic Counseling, 53(1), 34-46.


  • Peak-experiences
  • Abraham Maslow
  • Hong Kong youth
  • Humanistic psychology
  • Positive psychology