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Title: Confucian virtues and Chinese adolescent development : a conceptual review
Authors: Shek, DT 
Yu, L 
Fu, X
Keywords: Adolescent development
Character strengths
Chinese culture
Confucian virtues
Service leadership
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH
Source: International journal of adolescent medicine and health, 2013, v. 25, no. 4, p. 335-344 How to cite?
Journal: International journal of adolescent medicine and health 
Abstract: Despite the fact that different Chinese communities have already undergone industrialization and urbanization, Confucian virtues are still regarded as developmental ideals in Chinese culture. Unfortunately, while Confucian virtues are commonly discussed under Chinese philosophies, they are rarely examined in the context of developmental research. In this paper, several key Confucian virtues are discussed, including loyalty ("zhong"), filial piety ("xiao"), benevolence ("ren"), affection ("ai"), trustworthiness ("xin"), righteousness ("yi"), harmony ("he"), peace ("ping"), propriety ("li"), wisdom ("zhi"), integrity ("lian") and shame ("chi"). These Chinese traditional virtues are also linked to the concepts of character strengths and positive youth development constructs highlighted in Western culture. It is argued that Confucian virtues provide an indigenous conceptual framework to understand character strengths and positive youth development in Chinese culture. Furthermore, when service leadership is considered in Chinese contexts, these virtues should be regarded as important cornerstones.
ISSN: 0334-0139
EISSN: 2191-0278
DOI: 10.1515/ijamh-2013-0031
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