The impact of family intactness on family functioning, parental control, and parent-child relational qualities in a Chinese context

Tan Lei Shek, Q.Z. Xie, Li Lin

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The current study investigated the differences between intact and non-intact families in family processes, including systematic family functioning, parental behavioral control, parental psychological control, and parent-child relational qualities. The participants were 3,328 Secondary One students, with a mean age of 12.59 years, recruited from 28 secondary schools in Hong Kong. Four validated scales were used to assess family processes. Results showed that adolescents in non-intact families perceived relatively poorer family functioning, lower level of paternal and maternal behavioral control, lower level of paternal psychological control, and poorer parent-child relational qualities than did adolescents in intact families. This generally indicated that family processes were poorer in non-intact families, compared with those in intact families. The theoretical and practical implications of the findings were discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalFrontiers in Pediatrics
Issue number149
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Behavioral control
  • Family functioning
  • Family intactness
  • Parenting process
  • Parent-child relational qualities
  • Psychological control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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