How parenting and filial piety influence happiness, parent–child relationships and quality of family life in Taiwanese adult children

Wei Wen Chen*, Chih Wen Wu, Kuang Hui Yeh

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Abstract

This study explored how parenting shapes Taiwanese young adults’ filial piety, which in turn affects their life outcomes. The study utilized data from 2007 and 2011 collected from 1186 young adults, 316 fathers, and 870 mothers; the data were analyzed using structural equation modeling. The main findings were the following: (1) reciprocal filial piety mediates the influence of supportive parenting on young adults’ happiness and the quality of parent-adolescent relationships; (2) reciprocal and authoritarian filial piety mediate the effect of supportive parenting on the quality of family life; (3) supportive maternal parenting has a positive influence on mother–adult child relationships through facilitation of both reciprocal and authoritarian filial piety; and (4) supportive parenting as reported by parents is less strongly associated with young adults’ filial piety and other indicators, including happiness, parent–child relationships, and the quality of family life, compared to supportive parenting as reported by young adults.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)80-96
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Family Studies
Volume22
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jan 1
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Filial piety
  • Life outcomes
  • Supportive parenting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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