The Influence of Parental Expectations and Parental Control on Adolescent Well-Being in Poor Chinese Families

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Abstract

Based on a sample of 275 Chinese poor families in Hong Kong, the influence of parental expectations of children’s future and adolescents’ perceived parental control on adolescent well-being (cognitive competence and self-identity) was examined. Consistent with our hypotheses, the results indicated that parental expectations of children’s future and adolescents’ perceived parental control directly influenced adolescent cognitive competence and self-identity. Furthermore, adolescent perceived maternal control moderated the influence of paternal expectations on cognitive competence and self-identity among Chinese adolescents. Simple slope analyses showed that paternal expectations influenced adolescent cognitive competence and self-identity under low levels of perceived maternal control than did high levels of perceived maternal control. The present study underscores the dynamic nature of the influence of parental expectations and perceived parental control on adolescent well-being (cognitive competence and self-identity) in poor Chinese families.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)847-865
Number of pages19
JournalApplied Research in Quality of Life
Volume14
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2019

Keywords

  • Adolescent well-being
  • Cognitive competence
  • Parental control
  • Parental expectations
  • Poverty
  • Self-identity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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