Title: Examining a Model of Family Conflict over Political Issues: Data from a Longitudinal Study of Parent-Child Dyads in Hong Kong
Stream: Sexuality, Gender, Families
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
Darius K-S. Chan, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Grand H-L. Cheng, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Given the lack of systematic research on the effects of politics-related tension in the family, we conducted a longitudinal study to advance understanding on the roles of family conflict over political issues by examining our proposed model of parent-child political value discrepancies—family conflict—family relationships. From 2018 June to 2019 June, we successfully collected data from 299 Chinese parent-child dyads in Hong Kong across two waves of survey, 9-months apart. Our analyses confirm that political value discrepancies with children predicted parents’ conflict experienced at home, which in turns predicted their family satisfaction/well-being nine months later. Similar effects were also found for children, except that value discrepancies may not be as relevant in predicting these teenagers’ conflict with parents. More importantly, the aforementioned effects were qualified by parents’ personality (i.e., neuroticism) and parents’ and children’s communication styles (i.e., neglect communication style). That is, detrimental effects of political value discrepancies and family conflict can actually be reduced if parents are less neurotic and parents and/or children adopt appropriate communication styles at home. Our research design allows us to delineate the inter-influences between a parent and his/her child on politics-related conflict, generating both conceptual and practical implications. Interventions for promoting family welfare may target on modifying learners’ neurotic personality and reinforcing constructive communication styles.
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