Personal and family correlates of resilience among adolescents living in single-parent households in Taiwan

Mei O. Hsieh, Tan Lei Shek

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Based on the responses of 291 Taiwanese adolescents living with single parents, this article examines the personal (gender and academic performance) and family (gender of parent living together and family type) correlates of resilience of the participants with reference to different psychosocial domains. Whereas girls displayed higher resilience in some dimensions of personal and school resilience domains than did boys, boys experienced higher family resilience than did girls. Better academic performance was positively related to effective coping, personal independence, global personal resilience, and parental expectation on academic performance. Adolescents living with single mothers displayed higher personal independence and family resilience than did adolescents living with single fathers. Compared with adolescents not living with any parent or those who lived with both parents after divorce, adolescents living in nuclear and stem families displayed higher positive orientation to older people and experienced higher family resilience.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)330-348
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Divorce and Remarriage
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Adolescents
  • Chinese
  • Resilience
  • Single-parent households
  • Taiwan

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Law

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