Poster Presentation 6th World Congress on Positive Psychology 2019

Unlocking Well-Being in Chinese Culture: The Development of the Adolescent Well-Being Scale in Taiwan (#659)

Sih-Han Liao 1 2 , Yin-Shiuan Lai 1 2 , Jung-Chieh Chen 1 2 , Hsiang-Yi Wu 1 2
  1. Department of Psychology, Kaohsiung Medical University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  2. Positive Psychology Center, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

The lack of cultural specificity and context specificity is obvious when applying well-being scales to Chinese Culture. For example, “Relationships” is a crucial factor when it comes to the Nurses' Indigenized Well-Being Scale (Chien, Yu, Chang, & Jone, 2017). Therefore, the purpose of this study is to explore the constitution of adolescent well-being in Taiwan, so as to provide a foundation for future scale developments. 52 adolescents’ opinion on well-being is collected through a semi-opened questionnaire. Next, a survey is conducted, with 226 junior high school student participants. The study found that eight dimensions are included in adolescents’ well being, and the Cronbach’s α is from .85 to .97. Among the eight, 3 dimensions are related to “relationships”, including family, friendship, and teacher-student relationship. What’s more, academic achievements and non-academic achievements are also valued by Chinese adolescents. Further applications in Chinese adolescents’ well-being study and practices could benefit from the results.