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Flexible mindset in the family: Filial piety, cognitive flexibility, and general mental health
Chun-Hui Jen1; Wei-Wen Chen2; Chih-Wen Wu1
2019-06-01
Source PublicationJournal of Social and Personal Relationships
ISSN0265-4075
Volume36Issue:6Pages:1715-1730
Abstract

Reciprocal and authoritarian filial piety beliefs have been shown to have distinct relationships with psychological development and well-being. Such beliefs provide an important foundation for parent–child relationships in Chinese families. However, the literature remains unclear about the mechanism through which filial piety contributes to individuals’ well-being. Because researchers have identified cognitive flexibility as a crucial factor in family contexts and demonstrated that it is associated with individuals’ well-being, the present study aimed to examine the mediating role of cognitive flexibility in the relationship between filial piety and Chinese young adults’general mental health (i.e., self-esteem, life satisfaction, and mental wellness). A total of 455 college students from Taiwan participated in the survey. Structural equation modeling yielded the following findings: (a) Reciprocal filial piety was positively associated with cognitive flexibility and authoritarian filial piety was negatively associated with cognitive flexibility; (b) cognitive flexibility contributed positively to life satisfaction, self-esteem, and mental wellness; and (c) cognitive flexibility mediated the relationship of the two filial piety beliefs with life satisfaction, self-esteem, and mental wellness. These findings indicate that the two filial piety beliefs, which reflect different parent–child relationship quality nurtured in family contexts, could relate to individuals’ flexible mindsets.

KeywordCognitive Flexibility Filial Piety General Mental Health Parent–child Relationship
DOI10.1177/0265407518770912
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Indexed BySSCI ; SSCI
Language英语
WOS Research AreaCommunication ; Family Studies ; Psychology
WOS SubjectCommunication ; Family Studies ; Psychology, Social
WOS IDWOS:000465269700009
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionFaculty of Education
Corresponding AuthorWei-Wen Chen
Affiliation1.National Taiwan Normal University,Taiwan
2.University of Macau,Macao
Corresponding Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
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Chun-Hui Jen,Wei-Wen Chen,Chih-Wen Wu. Flexible mindset in the family: Filial piety, cognitive flexibility, and general mental health[J]. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships,2019,36(6):1715-1730.
APA Chun-Hui Jen,Wei-Wen Chen,&Chih-Wen Wu.(2019).Flexible mindset in the family: Filial piety, cognitive flexibility, and general mental health.Journal of Social and Personal Relationships,36(6),1715-1730.
MLA Chun-Hui Jen,et al."Flexible mindset in the family: Filial piety, cognitive flexibility, and general mental health".Journal of Social and Personal Relationships 36.6(2019):1715-1730.
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