A Comparison of Your Better Life Index and Its Antecedents Across Two Chinese Cultures

A Comparison of Your Better Life Index and Its Antecedents Across Two Chinese Cultures

Jennifer H. Gao (Macao Polytechnic Institute, China)
Copyright: © 2021 |Pages: 14
DOI: 10.4018/IJABIM.20210701.oa17
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Abstract

OECD identified 11 topics in Your Better Life Index (YBLI). YBLI is generally accepted as an essential indicator of material living conditions and quality of life. This study compared YBLI in two predominantly Chinese regions, i.e., Macau (a former Portuguese territory in China) and Zhuhai in the Greater Bay Area in the southern part of the People’s Republic of China. Data were collected from 446 (231 Macau and 215 Zhuhai) ethnic Chinese residents in the two regions. Results revealed the Macau residents to be much more satisfied with life (significantly higher ratings on more YBLI topics) than their Zhuhai counterparts. Regression analyses revealed Chinese Values and Family Emotional Support to be strong predictors of YBLI in Zhuhai, while Future Prospects and Self-Efficacy explained most variance for YBLI in Macau. The results of the comparisons are discussed in terms of seminaries and differences in the cultures and economic development of the regions.
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Theoretical Background & Literature Review

In this paper, YBLI is examined in relation to self-efficacy and family emotional support, factors which are assumed to be related to people’s confidence in themselves and mental health. It is also examined with future prospects, an organizational variable relates to career advancement. Traditional Chinese values (e.g. harmony, respect tradition, reciprocity, etc.), an important social factor is studied to reveal if beliefs and values relate to Chinese people’s well being and quality of life.

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