Relationship Harmony, Dialectical Coping, and Nonattachment Chinese Indigenous Well-Being and Mental Health

Published on Jan 1, 2016in The Counseling Psychologist
· DOI :10.1177/0011000015616463
Shu-Yi Wang6
Estimated H-index: 6
Y. Joel Wong29
Estimated H-index: 29
Kuang-Hui Yeh15
Estimated H-index: 15
(AS: Academia Sinica)
Our study aims to examine the salutary effects and interactions of three Chinese indigenous well-being (CIWB) constructs, namely relationship harmony (advocated by Confucianism), dialectical coping (derived from Taoism), and nonattachment (based on Buddhism) on mental health. Participants were 262 Taiwanese college students. Results revealed that the three CIWB constructs showed distinct associations with mental health. Relationship harmony was related negatively to psychological distress and positively to meaning in life and happiness. Dialectical coping predicted higher levels of positive affect and meaning in life, whereas nonattachment was the only and strongest protective factor against negative affect and psychological distress. Overall, nonattachment demonstrated the most adaptive effects on mental health. Additionally, moderation effects between dialectical coping and nonattachment on self-esteem, psychological distress, and happiness were observed. These findings underscore the importance of simu...
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