ERIC Number: EJ746140
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Dec
Reference Count: 17
Authority, Autonomy, and Family Relationships among Adolescents in Urban and Rural China
Zhang, Wenxin; Fuligni, Andrew J.
Journal of Research on Adolescence, v16 n4 p527-537 Dec 2006
Approximately 700 urban and rural 10th- (M=16.6 years) and 12th- (M=18.9 years) grade students in China completed measures assessing their beliefs about parental authority and individual autonomy, as well as aspects of their relationships with their parents. Urban adolescents indicated a greater willingness to disagree openly with their parents, a greater intensity of conflict with their parents, lower levels of cohesion with their parents, and a lower frequency of discussions with their fathers. Urban males were distinct from all other adolescents in terms of several aspects of their family relationships, reporting the earliest expectations for autonomy, the lowest levels of closeness with their mothers, and the least frequent discussions with their fathers.
Descriptors: Adolescents, Personal Autonomy, Grade 10, Grade 12, Foreign Countries, Student Attitudes, Parent Child Relationship, Conflict, Males, Rural Urban Differences, Attitude Measures, Urban Areas, Rural Areas, Family Relationship, Gender Differences
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 10; Grade 12
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China