A recent survey of women in 20 large and medium-sized cities across the
country revealed that about half of the respondents were happy with their
marriages and relationships, while nearly 30 percent said they were bored and
3.4 percent said they were in agony.
Three percent said they were worried about their relationships and 12 percent
said they did not know how to describe their mixed feelings.
The Huakun Women Survey Center, an affiliate of the All-China Women's
Federation, conducted the survey of 2,000 women aged between 20 and 60 at the
end of last year. Altogether, 1,955 valid questionnaires were collected.
average age of the surveyed women was 35, and 70 percent were married. About 57
percent of the respondents had monthly incomes ranging from 1,000 yuan to 3,000
Women in Shanghai seemed to have the most fulfilling love lives, with more
than 70 percent saying they felt happy. They were followed by women in Beijing,
Qingdao, Ningbo and Tianjin in terms of fulfilment.
The survey also revealed that marriages tended to get less happy the longer
For example, women who had been married for less than eight years said they
were much happier than those who had been married for longer periods of time,
said Zhang Qi, the center's deputy director and the person in charge of the
Women rated responsibility to family, consideration and good taste as the
most important qualities in a spouse, while a high income, promising career and
nice appearance ranked fifth, eighth and 11th, respectively, Zhang said.
The responses to the questions focussing on issues of mental health were also
revealing. Seventy-two percent of the respondents said they felt anxiety
occasionally, and 16 percent said they frequently worried.
The respondents aged between 30 and 50 years old were the most worried, with
20 percent saying they were regularly plagued with nervousness. Women in the
51-60-year-old category were the least bothered by anxiety, the survey showed.
Changsha, Chongqing and Nanning had the highest ratios of worried women,
while Kunming and Dalian had the lowest ratios.
Pressure from work, problems with their children's education and tough
personal relationships were the main causes of nervousness, according to the
results of the survey.
(China Daily 03/02/2007 page4)