Receive or give? Contemporary views among middle-aged and older Chinese adults on filial piety and well-being in Hong Kong

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2-14
Journal / PublicationAsia Pacific Journal of Social Work and Development
Issue number1
Online published15 Jan 2016
Publication statusPublished - 2016


This qualitative study aimed to examine the contemporary interpretation of filial piety by middle-aged and older Chinese adults in Hong Kong, and to explore its relationship with well-being in later life through focus groups. Data analysis revealed that all participants subscribed to the traditional value of filial piety, but had willingly reduced their filial expectations of their younger generation. Importantly, well-being in later life was found to be affected by both the younger generation’s filial commitments and older parents’ continued support of their younger generation so that the latter could lead a better life.

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  • intergenerational relationship, reciprocal filial piety, Hong kong, adults, well-being

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