Psychometric Analysis of the Orientations to Happiness Questionnaire in Taiwanese Undergraduate Students

Lung Hung Chen, Ying Mei Tsai, Mei Yen Chen

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The aim of this study was to examine the psychometric properties of the Orientations to Happiness Questionnaire (OHQ; Peterson et al. in J Happiness Stud 6(1):25-41, 2005) in Taiwanese students. The participants were 578 undergraduate students (Mage = 18.64, SD = 1.02) and completed the OHQ, satisfaction with life scale (Diener et al. in J Personality Assess 49:71-75, 1985), and subjective happiness. Confirmation factor analysis indicated that a three-factor model with 17 items was the better fit model. Cross-validation also supported the modified Chinese version of the OHQ. Besides, the OHQ significantly predicted life satisfaction and subjective happiness with an exception of life of pleasure. Overall, it was concluded that the Chinese version of the OHQ would be useful for assessing individual's orientations to happiness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)239-249
Number of pages11
JournalSocial Indicators Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Jan 1



  • Eudaimonism
  • Flow
  • Hedonism
  • Know thyself
  • Positive psychology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences(all)

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