Parenting Characteristics and Adolescent Psychological Well-Being: A Longitudinal Study in a Chinese Context

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Abstract

In this longitudinal study, the relationships between perceived parenting characteristics and adolescent psychological well-being were examined in a sample of Hong Kong Chinese adolescents (N = 378). The results indicated that global parenting styles and specific parenting behaviors are concurrently related to hopelessness, life satisfaction, self-esteem, purpose in life, and general psychiatric morbidity at Time 1 and Time 2. Longitudinal and prospective analyses (Time 1 predictors of Time 2 criterion variables) suggested that the relations between parenting characteristics and adolescent psychological well-being are bidirectional in nature. The results indicated that the strengths of association between perceived parenting characteristics and adolescent psychological well-being are stronger in female than in male adolescents. Relative to maternal parenting characteristics, paternal parenting was found to exert a stronger influence on adolescent psychological well-being.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-44
Number of pages18
JournalGenetic, Social, and General Psychology Monographs
Volume125
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 1999
Externally publishedYes

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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