Parenting Behaviors and Adolescent Psychosocial Adjustment in China: An Indigenous Perspective

Yudan C. Wang, Andrew J. Supple
2010 Marriage and Family Review  
This study considered the measurement properties of two indigenous constructs assessing Chinese parenting and parent-child relationships. The study also examined whether the relationships between guanjiao, xiao, and adolescent psychosocial adjustment, as theorized in previous scholarly work, hold for contemporary families in mainland China. Data were collected from a sample of 144 early adolescents in a southern Chinese city. Results suggested that guanjiao was best represented by two
more » ... ed by two indicators: guan, which assessed parental monitoring, and jiao, which assessed parental teaching and expectations. Moreover, only jiao was associated with adolescent depressive symptoms and misconduct. Xiao appeared to be an important mediator between parenting behaviors and adolescent outcomes and may play a key role in predicting Chinese early adolescents' adjustment. Adolescents | China | Indigenous | Parenting | Perspective
doi:10.1080/01494929.2010.528724 fatcat:bqrbn5kykzazbjdcuvultej7u4