Adolescents' perceptions of paternal and maternal parenting styles in a chinese context

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Chinese secondary school students (N % 429) were asked to respond to instruments measuring their perception of parents' global parenting styles and specific parenting practices. Results showed that there were significant differences between reported paternal parenting and maternal parenting characteristics, with fathers perceived as relatively less responsive, less demanding, less concerned, and more harsh. Adolescent girls' perceptions of fathers' parenting characteristics generally did not differ from those of the boys, but the girls tended to perceive their mothers as more demanding but less harsh. The present findings provide some support for the popular Chinese saying, “strict father, kind mother,” but they also suggest that it requires redefinition.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)527-537
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary and Applied
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1998
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)
  • Education
  • Psychology(all)


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