Attitudes to ageing and expectations for filial piety across Chinese and British cultures: A pilot exploratory evaluation

Laidlaw, Kenneth, Wang, Dahua, Coelho, Claudia and Power, Mick (2010) Attitudes to ageing and expectations for filial piety across Chinese and British cultures: A pilot exploratory evaluation. Aging & Mental Health, 14 (3). pp. 283-292. ISSN 1360-7863

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Introduction: Filial piety (FP) is a central theme in Asian culture and is seen as care for one's parents as part of a traditional concept of Confucianism. Older people may hold strong expectations for FP from their children. Attitudes towards the experience of ageing may be influenced by how far one perceives their expectations to be met. Method: A cross-sectional evaluation of expectation for FP and attitudes to ageing was undertaken in three different cultural groups–elderly Chinese immigrants living in the UK, Chinese older people living in Beijing and Scottish older people living in Scotland. Results: There were significant differences between the three cultural groups on a standardized measure of attitudes to ageing on psychosocial loss, F(2, 127) = 28.20, p = 0.0005 and physical change, F(2, 127) = 67.60, p = 0.0005 domains of attitudes to ageing. With expectations for FP, the UK-born participants evidenced lower expectations than the two Chinese groups, who were very similar in their levels of expectation, F(2, 127) = 10.92, p = 0.0005. Conclusions: The study was the first of its kind to consider attitudes to ageing and expectations for FP across three cultural groups. Overall an interesting pattern of results emerged suggesting that both Chinese groups remain invested in the concept of FP, whereas the UK sample was not. In contrast, however, the Chinese immigrants and the UK participants were more similar in reporting attitudes to ageing than the Chinese participants who were more likely to endorse a loss-deficit view of ageing.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: filial piety,attitudes to ageing,ageing,culture,confucianism
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Research Groups > Psychological Sciences (former - to 2018)
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2013 11:50
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2022 04:44
DOI: 10.1080/13607860903483060

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