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Title: The impact of family intactness on family functioning, parental control, and parent-child relational qualities in a Chinese context
Authors: Shek, DTL 
Xie, QZ
Lin, L 
Keywords: Behavioral control
Family functioning
Family intactness
Parenting process
Parent-child relational qualities
Psychological control
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Frontiers Media SA
Source: Frontiers in pediatrics, 2015, v. 2, no. 149, p. 1-7 How to cite?
Journal: Frontiers in pediatrics 
Abstract: The current study investigated the differences between intact and non-intact families in family processes, including systematic family functioning, parental behavioral control, parental psychological control, and parent-child relational qualities. The participants were 3,328 Secondary One students, with a mean age of 12.59 years, recruited from 28 secondary schools in Hong Kong. Four validated scales were used to assess family processes. Results showed that adolescents in non-intact families perceived relatively poorer family functioning, lower level of paternal and maternal behavioral control, lower level of paternal psychological control, and poorer parent-child relational qualities than did adolescents in intact families. This generally indicated that family processes were poorer in non-intact families, compared with those in intact families. The theoretical and practical implications of the findings were discussed.
ISSN: 2296-2360 (print)
2296-2360 (online)
DOI: 10.3389/fped.2014.00149
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