The study investigated positive psychological strength between Chinese and Taiwanese first-year university students. Both Chinese students (N = 514) and Taiwanese students (N = 220) completed paper-and-pencil surveys in Chinese measuring future goal, satisfaction with physical appearance and character as well as positive emotions (happiness and life satisfaction) and positive traits (curiosity and gratitude). Results indicated that Chinese students differ significantly themselves from Taiwanese students in their character and showed more confidence in their appearance as well as future goals than Taiwanese counterparts. Taiwanese students had more curiosity and life satisfaction than Chinese students and similar level of happiness as well as gratitude with them. In both samples, character significantly linked to happiness, curiosity and life satisfaction. Satisfaction with physical appearance was a predictor of happiness, curiosity, life satisfaction and gratitude. Future goal is only related to life satisfaction. Such results imply that although character, satisfaction with appearance, future goal and positive traits were different between Chinese and Taiwanese students, both groups showed satisfactory level of positive traits and positive emotions toward themselves. Future research can focus more on the factors shaped the differences of those two groups of young people.
Dai Qian, Sichuan University, China
Rong-Xuan Chu, National Taipei University of Education, Taiwan
Stream: Psychology and Education
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