Association between Mother–Adolescent Relationship Quality and Subjective well-being : Resilience Resources as a Mediating factor among Hong Kong Chinese Adolescents

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1990–2002
Journal / PublicationJournal of Child and Family Studies
Volume30
Issue number8
Online published4 Jun 2021
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2021

Abstract

Hong Kong adolescents are at increased risk for poor psychological well-being. A higher quality relationship between adolescents and their mothers may promote positive adjustment, given the strong family-oriented culture in Hong Kong. Potential pathways by which the mother–adolescent relationship may facilitate better adolescent subjective well-being, however, remains unclear. Current resilience theories underscore the importance of examining the role of external resources for individual’s resilience capacity, and cascading effects of family functioning on adolescent subjective well-being outcomes by promoting their resilience resources. Therefore, we tested the hypothesis that a higher quality mother–adolescent relationship will be associated with better adolescent subjective well-being via improved resilience resources. Adolescents from Hong Kong (N = 133; M age = 11 years, SD = 0.21, 51.8% female) reported on their relationship with their mothers, resilience resources, and subjective well-being at Time 1 and one year later at Time 2. We used the half-longitudinal mediation model for testing mediation with two time points. Both resilience resources and mother–adolescent relationship quality were positively associated with adolescent subjective well-being, concurrently and one year later. Further, adolescents’ resilience resources mediated the association between mother–adolescent relationship quality and their subjective well-being one-year later. Our findings provide support for the cascading effect of external resources (i.e., mother–adolescent relationship quality) on adolescents’ resilience resources and their later subjective well-being. The findings can inform the improvement of existing resilience enhancement programs by adding components that strengthen family relationships.

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  • Half-longitudinal mediation, Hong Kong Chinese adolescents, Mother–adolescent relationship quality, Resilience, Subjective well-being

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Association between Mother–Adolescent Relationship Quality and Subjective well-being : Resilience Resources as a Mediating factor among Hong Kong Chinese Adolescents. / Qu, Diyang; Huang, Jiasheng; Yu, Nancy Xiaonan; Hui, Lai Ling; Kouros, Chrystyna D.

In: Journal of Child and Family Studies, Vol. 30, No. 8, 08.2021, p. 1990–2002.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review