Depression and life satisfaction among european and confucian adolescents

Stankov, Lazar (2013) Depression and life satisfaction among european and confucian adolescents. Psychological Assessment, 25 (4). pp. 1220-1234. ISSN 1040-3590


The purpose of this study was to compare adolescents from Europe and Confucian Asia on measures of psychological constructs that reflect either maladjustment or positive outlook on life. Empirical findings are reported based on N = 7,167 secondary school students (15 years old) from Confucian Asia (Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan) and from Europe (Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Serbia, and Latvia with 2 nationalities-Latvian and Russian). Participants' responses were used to assess several aspects of personality and psychopathology, in addition to well-being, social attitudes, and parental styles. Exploratory factor analysis of these measures produced 4 factors: Depression, Life Satisfaction, Toughness and Modesty. Adolescents from Confucian countries show higher levels of Depression and lower levels of Life Satisfaction in comparison to their European counterparts. The most potent influences on Depression and Life Satisfaction were found to be Toughness and Parental Warmth variables, both of which are, in turn, linked to differences between regions/cultures.

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Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2017 03:09
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2017 03:09
Uncontrolled Keywords: adolescent depression; parental warmth; social attitudes; toughness; well-being personality; adolescent; antisocial personality disorder; anxiety disorders; Asia; Confucianism; cross-cultural comparison; depressive disorder; empathy; Europe; female; humans; male; personal satisfaction; personality assessment; psychometrics; quality of life; religion and psychology; reproducibility of results; resilience, psychological; sex factors; social values; violence; public health, social medicine and epidemiology
Fields of Research (2008): 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5299 Other psychology > 529999 Other psychology not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
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