Roles of filial piety, parental control and parental warmth in parent adolescent conflict among Vietnamese families

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Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology Major in Clinical Counseling


Br. Andrew Gonzalez FSC College of Education


Counseling and Educational Psychology

Thesis Adviser

Jose Alberto S. Reyes

Defense Panel Chair

Ma. Alicia Bustos Orosa

Defense Panel Member

John Addy S. Garcia
Nino Jose C. Mateo
Leo J. Capeding
Jerome A. Quano


This study explored the nature of parent-adolescent conflict as well as the roles of filial piety, parental warmth, and parental control in parent-adolescent conflict among Vietnamese families. In order to plumb the combined depth and the breadth of a phenomenon, the researcher employed a concurrent triangulation mixed methods design. Due to different role-expectations for mothers and fathers in Vietnamese culture, the study investigated mother-adolescent conflict and father-adolescent conflict separately. In the quantitative study, 204 adolescents completed questionnaires about mother-adolescent conflict and 201 adolescents about father-adolescent conflict. In the qualitative study, eight mother-adolescent dyads and eight father-adolescent dyads were selected for in-depth interviews. The results of multiple regression analyses revealed that filial piety, parental warmth, and parental control are significant predictors of mother-adolescent conflict and father-adolescent conflict. Maternal control was found to be the strongest predictor of mother-adolescent conflict whereas paternal warmth was the strongest predictor of father-adolescent conflict. The results of qualitative data confirmed the roles of filial piety, parental warmth and parental control in parent-adolescent conflict. Filial piety and parental warmth are likely to lead to less parent-adolescent conflict parental control is likely to result in more parent-adolescent conflict. The findings of both quantitative and qualitative studies showed that issues causing mother-adolescent conflict are mostly similar to those causing father-adolescent conflict. The results of the qualitative study revealed that other factors may contribute to parent-adolescent conflict such as harsh parental discipline, parental lack knowledge of adolescence, lack of parental modeling, and the personal characteristics of parent and adolescent. The findings of this study have implications for counseling practice, for parents and children, and for future research.

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Archives, The Learning Commons, 12F Henry Sy Sr. Hall

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1 computer optical disc ; 4 3/4 in.

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