Journal of Happiness Studies

, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 57-72

Acculturation and Subjective well-being of Chinese Students in Australia

  • Xue ZhengAffiliated withPsychology Department, South China Normal University Email author 
  • , David Sang
  • , Lei Wang

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This study examined the relationships of two dimensions (host and co-national identification (HNI and CNI)), four modes (integration, separation, assimilation and marginalization) of acculturation to subjective well-being (SWB) of Chinese students in Australia. One hundred and fifty-seven Chinese overseas students completed a questionnaire including the acculturation index and the assessment of SWB. Analyses revealed that: (a) both strong HNI and CNI predicted enhanced SWB; (b) acculturation styles were also related to SWB and Chinese students who were integrated had significantly stronger SWB than their peers who were assimilated, separated or marginalized (c) there was no significant correlation between negative emotions and HNI or CNI.

Chinese overseas students acculturation subjective well-being national identification.