Personal wellbeing among ethnic Koreans in China's Northeast

Ingrid Louise Nielsen, Russell Leigh Smyth, Qingguo Zhai, Juyong Zhang

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This study investigates personal wellbeing among a sample of ethnic Koreans in China s Northeast using the eight-item Personal Wellbeing Index (PWI). The PWI demonstrated good psychometric properties, consistent with previous studies. The data revealed a moderate level of personal wellbeing (PWI score = 70.3) and the results supported the Theory of Subjective Wellbeing Homeostasis, suggesting that strong external and internal buffers protect the HPM for ethnic Koreans, despite the onslaught of marketisation and urbanisation in China that are threatening to undermine Koreans sense of ethnic identity. The predictors of personal wellbeing were found to be age (with a nonlinear relationship), education, gender, income, marital status and the city in which the individual lives.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75 - 96
Number of pages22
JournalAsian Ethnicity
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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