Author: Wu, Xuan
Title: Psychological well-being among tertiary hospitality and tourism students in China
Advisors: Lo, Ada (SHTM)
Degree: DHTM
Year: 2023
Subject: College students -- China -- Mental health
Hospitality industry -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- China
Tourism -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- China
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Department: School of Hotel and Tourism Management
Pages: x, 322 pages : color illustrations
Language: English
Abstract: This thesis investigates the psychological well-being (PWB) among tertiary hospitality and tourism (H&T) students in China during the COVID-19 era, with a focus on understanding students’ conceptualization of well-being, their current state of PWB, and the factors influencing their PWB.
A two-stage mixed-methods approach was employed to address the research questions. In Stage 1, three studies of Prototype Analysis were conducted to examine students’ perception of well-being and its alignment with academic models. Stage 2 involved in-depth semi-structured interviews adapted from the Scanlan Collaborative Interview Method (SCIM), using inductive and deductive approaches, to explore the state of PWB and factors contributing to the students’ PWB. The components of well-being identified in Stage 1 informed the development of the interview used in Stage 2.
Findings revealed that the students’ conceptualizations of well-being were organized into a prototypical structure that differed from current lay and academic models, with a strong emphasis on family connections, culture, values, and eudaimonic perspectives. The identified emergent themes impacting PWB aligned with the basic psychological needs, providing support for the deductive framework.
This study contributes to the fields of H&T higher education, Chinese cultural studies, and positive psychology by offering a more comprehensive and culturally relevant understanding of PWB among Chinese H&T students. It also has practical implications for policymakers, educators, practitioners, parents, and students, providing valuable insights for developing interventions and policies aimed at promoting well-being in the context of Chinese higher education. The study’s limitations and suggestions for future research are also discussed.
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