Social Indicators Research

, Volume 26, Issue 1, pp 1–22 | Cite as

Life satisfaction among San Francisco Chinese-Americans

  • Yu-Wen Ying


This study investigates variables that predict life satisfaction in a group of 142 San Francisco Chinese-Americans by utilizing Campbell, Converse and Rodgers' model (1976) of life quality. While objective demographic variables failed to make a significant contribution, satisfaction level with life domains examined (i.e., work, health, marriage/singlehood, friendship and biculturality) accounted for 37% of the variance in life satisfaction, with all but the combined work domain satisfaction score emerging as significant predictors of overall life satisfaction. Subgroup analyses reveal biculturality satisfaction as the most powerful predictor of life satisfaction in immigrants, but not in American-borns, for whom level of friendship satisfaction is most predictive of life quality. These findings and their implications are discussed.


Life Satisfaction Subgroup Analysis Demographic Variable Powerful Predictor Significant Contribution 
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  • Yu-Wen Ying
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  1. 1.School of Social WelfareUniversity of California BerkeleyBerkeleyUSA

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