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ERIC Number: EJ852765
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-1062-1024
Family Strain and Adolescent Delinquency in Two Chinese Cities, Guangzhou and Hong Kong
Cheung, Chau-Kiu; Ngai, Ngan-Pun; Ngai, Steven Sek-Yum
Journal of Child and Family Studies, v16 n5 p626-641 Oct 2007
Elucidating the conditions in which family strain takes effect in adolescent delinquency is one avenue along which to substantiate general strain theory. These conditions include family relationship and the type of delinquency. In the context of Chinese societies, the conditions also include the differences between socialist, collectivist Mainland China and capitalist, more individualist Hong Kong. We collected survey data from 1,026 secondary school students in Guangzhou in Mainland China, and from 1,116 in Hong Kong, to demonstrate these conditions. The results, which indicate the intimate relationship between parents and adolescents, verify that family strain has a very strong impact on adolescent delinquency. In this connection, family strain comprised parental support as a negative indicator. However, the effect of parental support on adolescent strain was only weakly negative in Guangzhou and even positive in the case of nonworking mothers. The differentials in parental influence between Guangzhou and Hong Kong are attributable to the different family policies and structures in the two cities. On the other hand, family strain exhibited similar effects on two types of delinquency, violence and status offense.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China; Hong Kong