Intimate Relationships and Happiness in Asia: A Critical Review
In this chapter, Asian literature on the association between intimate relationships and happiness is reviewed. In particular, marital status and relationship quality is focused upon. In general, both marital status and relationship quality are positively related to happiness in Asian context, but there is no clear indication that such relationships differed between men and women. On the whole, the association between intimate relationship and happiness in Asian studies is similar to that found in Western literature. However, indigenous constructs such as role obligations, enqing, and responsibility are important in furthering our understanding of the nature of close relationships in Asia. Recommendations for future studies are also discussed.
KeywordsIntimate relationships Happiness Asia Relationship quality Indigenous constructs
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