Chinese university students’ attitudes toward marriage and value of children: The role of perceived parenting
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AbstractChina as a fast modernizing country witnesses postponed and decreased marriage and parenthood among young people. Perceptions of parenting they have received themselves may shape young people’s attitudes toward marriage and value of children. We explored this issue among university students (134 females, 66 males; mean age=21.02 years, SD=1.20) in Guangzhou, a big city in Southern China. Males (vs. females) endorsed to a greater extent utilitarian value of marriage (e.g., marriage brings financial benefits, social recognition, regular sex, and offspring), and utilitarian value of children (e.g., children help carry on the family name, and provide for parents when they are old); there was no gender difference in psychological value of marriage (e.g., marriage brings love and happiness, meaning for life, emotional security, and social support) or emotional value of children (e.g., children bring fun and affection, and help parents grow personally). For both males and females, after adjusting for self-reported depressive symptoms (to reduce potential response bias due to general functioning), perceived parental warmth (e.g., “My parents accept me and like me as I am”) was positively related to utilitarian and psychological value of marriage and emotional value of children, whereas perceived paternal psychological control (e.g., “My parents show that they love me less if I perform badly”) was positively related to utilitarian value of marriage and utilitarian value of children.
All Author(s) ListRuiy Ding, Qian Wang
Name of ConferenceThe 15th European Congress of Psychology
Start Date of Conference11/07/2017
End Date of Conference14/07/2017
Place of ConferenceAmsterdam
Country/Region of ConferenceNetherlands
Year2017
LanguagesEnglish-United States

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