Parental behavioral control and parent-child relational quality predictors of perceived parental knowledge in Chinese adolescents in Hong Kong

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Over three consecutive years, 2,559 Chinese adolescents (mean age = 12.65 years at Wave 1) responded to instruments assessing their perceived parental behavioral control (parental knowledge, expectation, monitoring, discipline, and demandingness) and parent-child relational qualities (satisfaction with parental control, child's readiness to communicate with the parents, and perceived mutual trust between parents and their children). Amongst the various indicators of behavioral control, monitoring was the strongest predictor of parental knowledge. Although parental monitoring and child's readiness to communicate with parents were significant predictors of parental knowledge, parental monitoring was a stronger predictor. Results further showed that behavioral control and parent-child relational quality composite scores were concurrently and longitudinally related to parental knowledge. The present study clarifies the family predictors of parental knowledge in Chinese families, but the findings are not entirely consistent with the Western research findings.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)332-343
Number of pages12
JournalAmerican Journal of Family Therapy
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2008
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology

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