Chinese adolescents' perceptions of family functioning: Personal, school-related, and family correlates

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The author used two translated measures (Self-Report Family Inventory; D. T. L. Shek, 1998a; and Family Assessment Device; N. B. Epstein, L. M. Baldwin, & D. S. Bishop, 1983) and a locally developed scale (Chinese Family Assessment Instrument; D. T. L. Shek, in press-a) to assess 3,649 Chinese adolescents' perceptions of how well their families function. He found that boys perceived their families to function worse than did girls and that younger adolescents perceived their families to function better than did older adolescents. Perceived family functioning was negatively related to grade level; students attending schools with higher academic standards perceived their families to function better than did students attending schools with lower academic standards; and students attending government and aided schools had higher levels of family functioning than did students attending private schools. Family types (intact vs. nonintact families) and the duration of parents' stay in Hong Kong were also related to the adolescents' perceptions of family functioning. Findings for the personal, school-related, and family correlates of perceived family functioning were statistically significant and stable across different measures of family functioning, but the practical significance of the findings was not high.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)358-380
Number of pages23
JournalGenetic, Social, and General Psychology Monographs
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Chinese adolescents
  • Family
  • Family functioning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Psychology(all)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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