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

Daniel T.L. Shek, Qiuzhi Xie, Li Lin

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Abstract

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
Article number149
JournalFrontiers in Pediatrics
Volume2
Issue numberJAN
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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