Perceived parental behavioral control and psychological control in Chinese adolescents in Shanghai

Xiao Y. Han, Tan Lei Shek

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Chinese secondary school students in Shanghai (n = 3022) responded to instruments measuring their subjective evaluation of parental behavioral control (including dimensions of parental knowledge, expectation, monitoring, discipline, and demandingness) and parental psychological control. As regards the interrelationships among different dimensions of parental behavioral control, different indicators of parental behavioral control were interrelated, and parental monitoring was the strongest predictor of parental knowledge. Different aspects of parental behavioral control were differentially related to parental psychological control. Results also show that paternal behavioral control was perceived to be significantly lower than maternal behavioral control in terms of different indicators of behavioral control. The theoretical and practical implications of the present findings are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-112
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal on Disability and Human Development
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2012


  • Behavioral control
  • Chinese adolescents
  • Parenting
  • Psychological control
  • Shanghai

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Advanced and Specialised Nursing
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Sensory Systems
  • Speech and Hearing


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