A within-cultural comparison of filial piety beliefs among college students in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau

Wei Wen Chen, Chih Wen Wu, Yisu Zhou, Yun Jia Lo

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Abstract

This study investigated variance in the structure, functions and implications of young adults’ dual filial piety beliefs in Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan using the dual filial piety model (DFPM). A total of 879 Chinese college students participated in the study, including 424 students in Hong Kong, 155 in Macau and 300 in Taiwan. Information on these young adults’ filial piety beliefs and life satisfaction was collected. The results showed that while measures of filial piety beliefs performed well in general in the three regions, there were some regional differences. Young adults in Taiwan and Macau endorsed stronger reciprocal filial piety beliefs than young adults in Hong Kong, whereas young adults in Macau and Taiwan endorsed stronger authoritarian filial piety beliefs than their peers in Taiwan. In Taiwan, both reciprocal and authoritarian filial piety positively contributed to young adults’ life satisfaction. However, only reciprocal filial piety mattered for life satisfaction in Macau, and only authoritarian filial piety in Hong Kong.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)361-381
Number of pages21
JournalFamilies, Relationships and Societies
Volume9
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Nov

Keywords

  • Chinese culture
  • Filial piety
  • Life satisfaction
  • Regional differences

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science

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