Chinese Adolescents' Decision-Making, Parent-Adolescent Communication and Relationships

Yan R. Xia, John Defrain, Raedene Combs, Xiaolin Xie, Zhi Zhou, John Defrain

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The present study described Mainland Chinese adolescents' decision-making, and examined the relationship among their decision-making involvement, parent-adolescent communication and relationship variables by using Structural Equation Modeling. Results demonstrated that Chinese parents appeared to be less authoritarian than the prevailing literature had described. Chinese adolescents experienced a passage of autonomy development similar to that of their American counterparts. Good parent-adolescent communication was positively associated with cohesion and negatively associated with conflict. It also mediated the relationship between adolescent age and parent-adolescent conflict. The relationships between parent-adolescent communication and cohesion as well as the relationship between adolescents' age and decision involvement were significantly different for boys and girls.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)119-145
Number of pages27
JournalMarriage and Family Review
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Mar 15 2004


  • Chinese adolescents
  • Decision-making
  • Parent-adolescent communication
  • Parent-adolescent relationships

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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