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Filial piety as a moderator between perceived parenting styles and psychological well-being in Chinese college students

Blake Kirschner, Pacific University

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In order to better understand how parenting styles lead to later-life outcomes for children, it is important to examine how specific cultures, parent-child dyads, and culture interact. It is hypothesized that for mainland Chinese college students, levels of filial piety will function as a moderator between perceived parenting behaviors and subjective well-being. The sample consisted of 282 university students recruited through e-mail. Results indicated that filial piety was a moderator between perceived maternal monitoring and subjective well-being for female participants. Maternal support and love withdrawal were negatively predictive of female subjective well-being, and maternal monitoring was negatively predictive of male subjective well-being. No paternal behaviors were found to be predictive of female or male subjective well-being.