Social-demographic correlates of mindset in China

Qing Huang, Yu Xie

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Mindset, growth or fixed, refers to two different beliefs people hold about the underlying nature of ability, and was first put forward by the psychologist Carol Dweck. The central role of mindset in motivation, self-regulation and interpersonal processes has been the subject of growing research interest, but there are few discussions of mindset in the context of China. Using the China Family Panel Studies, this study aims to offer a comprehensive understanding of social-demographic correlates of mindset in China. Following the psychological literature, we construct a binary status of mindset via exploratory factor analysis. We find that place of origin (rural or urban), educational level, employment status and life-course events are correlated to mindset. It is also determined that mindset acts as a fundamental psychological factor strongly associated with multiple outcomes, including educational attainment, cognitive skills, attitudes and subject well-being.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)497-513
Number of pages17
JournalChinese Journal of Sociology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences


  • Mindset
  • cognitive skills
  • personalities
  • sociopsychology


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