Mother-child discrepancy in perceived parental control and adolescent filial piety in poor single-mother families

Janet T.Y. LEUNG*, Daniel T.L. SHEK, Li LIN

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Based on a sample of 432 poor Chinese single-mother families (mean age of adolescents = 13.7 years; 51.2% girls; mean age of mothers = 43.5 years) in Hong Kong, the interaction effect of mother-reported and adolescent-reported maternal control on filial piety of Chinese adolescents was examined. Results of polynomial multiple regression analyses showed that the interaction between mother-reported and adolescent-reported maternal control predicted perceived filial piety in adolescents. At high levels of mother-reported maternal control, high adolescent-perceived parental control was associated with higher filial piety. At low levels of mother-reported maternal control, filial piety increased initially and then decreased when adolescents reported higher levels of maternal control. Using multiple group analyses, these associations were found to be stable across gender and age. The present findings provide insights on how congruencies and discrepancies between mother-reported and adolescent-reported maternal control predict filial piety of Chinese adolescents growing up in poor single-mother families.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Adolescence
Volume60
Early online date6 Jul 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2017
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was financially supported by the Departmental General Research Fund of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Project Code: G-UB-52). The authors reported no potential conflicts of interest in both financial and non-financial terms.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2017 The Foundation for Professionals in Services for Adolescents

Keywords

  • Chinese
  • Filial piety
  • Maternal control
  • Parent-adolescent discrepancy
  • Poverty
  • Single-parent families

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