Unbroken Homes: Parenting Style and Adolescent Positive Development in Chinese Single-Mother Families Experiencing Economic Disadvantage

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Based on the data collected from 372 single-mother families experiencing economic disadvantage in Hong Kong, the familial pathways through which parenting style (maternal responsiveness and demandingness) influenced adolescent positive development via filial piety were examined. Results showed that maternal responsiveness and demandingness influenced adolescent positive development via filial piety in poor Chinese single-mother families. Rather than emphasizing “broken” homes and “deficiency” of single-mother families in cultivating adolescent development, this pioneering study underscores the importance of fostering care and pursuing demandingness in parenting, which further promotes filial piety and positive development of adolescents. Theoretical and practical implications of the study are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)441-457
Number of pages17
JournalChild Indicators Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2018


  • Chinese adolescents
  • Filial piety
  • Parenting style
  • Poverty
  • Single-mothers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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