The Impact of Culture on Chinese Young People’s Perceptions of Family Responsibility in Hong Kong, China
This is a quantitative research study with a cross-sectional design
and a survey approach to address the views of a large sample (n=1132) of young
people in relation to family responsibility in a society where East meets West.
The survey results suggest that the sample hold relatively positive attitudes
towards Chinese cultural values and family responsibility. The traditional value
of importance of family, filial piety and harmony with others were still strongly
supported by many young people. The findings further revealed that the more
the Chinese cultural values the young people associated with, the more the
positive attitudes in family obligation they would have. However, global
influences which emphasize the right of freedom and to have personal choice
may have been at work too. There are implications for a matrix of policies to
support young people in their transitions to adulthood.