The Tao (way) of Chinese Coping

Cecilia Cheng, Barbara C. Y. LO, Jasmine H. M. CHIO

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Abstract

In a multiple-country survey on perceived stress among entrepreneurs, Taiwan entrepreneurs were ranked top of the list. Over 60% of the Taiwan participants reported that they have experienced an increased amount of stress over the past year. Entrepreneurs from Hong Kong came second. Although they are on top of the stress rankings, this does not necessarily mean that the Chinese are in danger of psychological problems. This article seeks to explore the unique Chinese ways of coping with stressors. It points out that an extensive review of the literature has revealed that the Chinese are characterized by a greater tendency to use avoidant or emotion-focused coping, greater flexibility in strategy deployment across stressful situations, and a propensity to seek and utilize less social support. This article discusses each of these coping characteristics in the light of traditional cultural beliefs and contemporary cultural theories of psychology.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOxford Handbook of Chinese Psychology
EditorsMichael Harris BOND
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherOxford University Press
Pages399-419
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9780199541850
ISBN (Print)9780191743542
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • China
  • economic growth
  • socialization of children
  • mathematics achievement
  • emotion
  • bilingualism
  • Chinese identity
  • leadership
  • psychopathology

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    Cheng, C., LO, B. C. Y., & CHIO, J. H. M. (2010). The Tao (way) of Chinese Coping. In M. H. BOND (Ed.), Oxford Handbook of Chinese Psychology (pp. 399-419). Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199541850.013.0025