Social Indicators Research

, Volume 98, Issue 2, pp 239–249 | Cite as

Psychometric Analysis of the Orientations to Happiness Questionnaire in Taiwanese Undergraduate Students

  • Lung Hung Chen
  • Ying-Mei TsaiEmail author
  • Mei-Yen Chen


The aim of this study was to examine the psychometric properties of the Orientations to Happiness Questionnaire (OHQ; Peterson et al. in J Happiness Stud 6(1):25–41, 2005) in Taiwanese students. The participants were 578 undergraduate students (Mage = 18.64, SD = 1.02) and completed the OHQ, satisfaction with life scale (Diener et al. in J Personality Assess 49:71–75, 1985), and subjective happiness. Confirmation factor analysis indicated that a three-factor model with 17 items was the better fit model. Cross-validation also supported the modified Chinese version of the OHQ. Besides, the OHQ significantly predicted life satisfaction and subjective happiness with an exception of life of pleasure. Overall, it was concluded that the Chinese version of the OHQ would be useful for assessing individual’s orientations to happiness.


Know thyself Flow Hedonism Eudaimonism Positive psychology 



This study was partially supported by a research grant from the Central Taiwan University of Science and Technology for Ying-Mei Tsai (CTU98-P-06). We are also grateful for Ms. Tien-Jou Tsai’s proofreading.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate Institute of Physical EducationNational Taiwan Sport UniversityTaipeiRepublic of China
  2. 2.Office of Physical EducationCentral Taiwan University of Science and TechnologyTaichung CityRepublic of China
  3. 3.Department of Recreation and Leisure Industry ManagementNational Taiwan Sport UniversityTaoyuan CountyRepublic of China

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