Please wait a minute...
Advances in Psychological Science    2016, Vol. 24 Issue (12) : 1854-1863     DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2016.01854
Meta-Analysis |
The relationship between meaning in life and subjective well-being in China: A Meta-analysis
JIN Yuchang1; HE Mingcheng1; LI Junyi2
(1 School of Teacher Education and Psychology, Sichuan Normal University, Chengdu 610066, China) (2 School of Psychology, Central China Normal University, Wuhan 430079, China)
Download: PDF(544 KB)  
Export: BibTeX | EndNote | Reference Manager | ProCite | RefWorks    

A meta-analysis was conducted to explore the relationship between meaning in life and subjective well-being. Forty-five relevant studies met the criteria of meta-analysis were taken into research. All studies included 51 independent samples with a total of 27291 participants. Results of meta-analysis showed that meaning in life has a positive correlation with subjective well-being (r = 0.505, p < 0.001), life satisfaction (r = 0.395, p < 0.001), and positive affect (r = 0.325, p < 0.001) significantly, while a negative relationship with negative affect (r = −0.195, p < 0.1). The relationship between meaning in life and subjective well- being was regulated by gender differences and type of participants (e.g. gender differences could significantly positively adjust this relationship). Results suggested that meaning in life could predict subjective well- being effectively.

Keywords meaning in life      presence of meaning      search for meaning      subjective well-being      life satisfaction      positive affect      negative affect     
Corresponding Authors: JIN Yuchang, E-mail:   
Issue Date: 15 December 2016
E-mail this article
E-mail Alert
Articles by authors
JIN Yuchang
HE Mingcheng
LI Junyi
Cite this article:   
JIN Yuchang,HE Mingcheng,LI Junyi. The relationship between meaning in life and subjective well-being in China: A Meta-analysis[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2016, 24(12): 1854-1863.
URL:     OR
[1] ZHAO Na, MA Min, XIN Ziqiang.  Mental mechanism and the influencing factors of meaning in life[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2017, 25(6): 1003-1011.
[2] YANG Xiaoli; LIU Xiaoxiao; BAI Baoyu. The psychological effects of body height and the mechanisms[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2017, 25(5): 857-865.
[3] YANG Qie; CHENG Wei; HE Wenjie; HAN Buxin; YANG Zhaoning. Will searching for meaning bring well-being?[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2016, 24(9): 1496-1503.
[4] JIN Jing; HU Jinsheng. Inhibition of Dominant Cognitive Processing by Negative Affect[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2015, 23(1): 61-71.
[5] GU Jiani; MENG Hui; FAN Jinyan. Social Self-Efficacy: Dimension, Measurement and Its Mechanism[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2014, 22(11): 1791-1800.
[6] SONG Jiameng;FAN Huiyong. A Meta-analysis of the Relationship between Social Support and Subjective Well-being[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2013, 21(8): 1357-1370.
[7] FAN Fuxia;LV Houchao. The Psychological Mechanism of Affective Adaptation: AREA Model[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2013, 21(4): 653-663.
[8] CHEN Can-Rui;GAO Yan-Hong;SHEN He-Yong. A Meta-analysis of Relationship Between Subjective Well-being and Big Three Personality[J]. , 2012, 20(1): 19-26.
[9] ZHAO Xiao-Yun;GUO Cheng. Calling and Its Related Research[J]. , 2011, 19(11): 1684-1691.
[10] ZHANG Shu-Yue;XU Yan;YANG Hao-Keng. The Connotation, Measurement and Function of Meaning in Life[J]. , 2010, 18(11): 1756-1761.
[11] PENG Yi;CHEN Hong. Reconstruction on the Connotation of Well-being Based on An Integrative Perspective[J]. , 2010, 18(07): 1052-1061.
[12] ZHANG Ai-Lian;HUANG Xi-Ting. The Effect of Economic Status on Subjective Well-Being in China:
An Analysis on Related Researches
[J]. , 2010, 18(07): 1068-1072.
[13] SUN Rui-Chen;LIU Wen-Jing;XU Yan. Change of Life Satisfaction of Chinese in Different Years of Birth[J]. , 2010, 18(07): 1147-1154.
[14] ZHENG Yu;ZHAO Na;WANG Er-Ping. The Dynamic Relationship between Family Income and Life Satisfaction: Based on a Panel Study about 21 Cities and Counties from 2004 to 2010[J]. , 2010, 18(07): 1155-1160.
[15] ZHANG Ning;ZHANG Yu-Qing. Character Strengths: The Psychological Capital to
Build a Good Life
[J]. , 2010, 18(07): 1161-1167.
Full text



Copyright © Advances in Psychological Science
Support by Beijing Magtech