Seeking Harmony in Chinese Families: A Dyadic Analysis on Chinese Parent-Child Relations

Francis CHEUNG*, Vivian Miu-Chi LUN, Hang Yue NGO, Eric FONG

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Based on Leung, Koch, and Lu’s (2002) dualistic harmony model, we examined the relations of two harmony‐seeking behaviors—harmony enhancement and disintegration avoidance—to family functioning among 177 Hong Kong Chinese adolescent‒parent dyads. Structural equation modeling results showed that adolescent‐rated harmony enhancement was positively related to adolescent‐rated family functioning whereas parent‐rated harmony enhancement was positively related to parent‐rated family functioning. Disintegration avoidance, however, was not related to family functioning in the two samples. Furthermore, no significant cross‐path association between harmony‐seeking behaviors and family functioning was identified, meaning that the harmony‐seeking behaviors of adolescents and their parents did not relate to each other’s perception of family functioning. Implications of these findings to our understanding of family in Chinese culture are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)82-90
Number of pages9
JournalAsian Journal of Social Psychology
Volume23
Issue number1
Early online date6 Nov 2019
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 6 Nov 2019

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Parent-Child Relations
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Adolescent Behavior
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Bibliographical note

Faculty Research Grant, Lingnan University. Grant Number: DS15A2

Keywords

  • Chinese harmony-seeking behaviors
  • family functioning

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Seeking Harmony in Chinese Families: A Dyadic Analysis on Chinese Parent-Child Relations. / CHEUNG, Francis; LUN, Vivian Miu-Chi; NGO, Hang Yue; FONG, Eric.

In: Asian Journal of Social Psychology, Vol. 23, No. 1, 03.2020, p. 82-90.

Research output: Journal PublicationsJournal Article (refereed)

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