Psychological well-being, school of adjustment and problem behavior in Chinese adolescents: Do parental qualities matter?

Tan Lei Shek, K. W. Tsoi, P. S.Y. Lau, S. K.M. Tsang, M. C. Lam, C. M. Lam

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Chinese secondary school students (N=1,519) were asked to respond to instruments measuring their perceptions of parental qualities, psychological well-being, school adjustment, and problem behavior. Measures of parental qualities include perceived parenting styles, support and help from parents, and conflict and relationship with the parents. Results generally showed that adolescents' perceptions of parenting styles, support and help from parents, and conflict and relationship with the parents were significantly related to measures of psychological well-being (including existential well-being, life satisfaction, mastery, self-esteem and general psychiatric morbidity), school adjustment (perceived academic performance and school conduct) and problem behavior (substance abuse and delinquency). Relative to maternal parenthood qualities, paternal parenthood qualities were found to have stronger relationships with measures of adjustment in adolescents with economic disadvantage.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)231-243
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Adolescent adjustment
  • Chinese adolescents
  • Economic disadvantage
  • Hong Kong
  • Problem behavior
  • Psychological well-being
  • School adjustment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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