Family Socialization and Chinese Youth Children’s Development : Does psychosocial Maturity Matter?

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)346-365
Journal / PublicationMarriage and Family Review
Issue number4
Online published21 Jun 2018
Publication statusPublished - 2019


The present study examined the effects of family socialization in the form of family processes and parenting practices on youth children’s internalizing and externalizing problems concomitantly in a sample of Chinese parent–child dyads. The results generally support that (1) family socialization is crucially influential on the youth outcomes, in which parenting is a function of family processes; (2) youth’s psychosocial maturity significantly mediates the effects of family socialization on their outcomes; (3) effects of family processes are observed more pronounced as compared with parenting practices; and (4) more complicatedly varying effects of family processes and parenting practices on the youth outcomes appear when setting free the mediations of psychosocial maturity across different structural models. Service implications of the findings and future research directions are briefly discussed.

Research Area(s)

  • family socialization, internalizing and externalizing problems, psychosocial maturity