Social Indicators Research

, Volume 85, Issue 2, pp 169–189

Economic disadvantage, perceived family life quality, and emotional well-being in Chinese adolescents: A longitudinal study


DOI: 10.1007/s11205-007-9087-5

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Shek, D.T.L. Soc Indic Res (2008) 85: 169. doi:10.1007/s11205-007-9087-5


Over three consecutive years, Chinese secondary school students experiencing and not experiencing economic disadvantage (n = 280 and 2,187, respectively) responded to measures of perceived family life quality (parenting attributes and parent-child relational quality) and emotional well-being (hopelessness, mastery, life satisfaction and self-esteem). While participants experiencing economic disadvantage generally had more negative perceptions of parenting quality and parent-child relational quality than did adolescents not experiencing economic disadvantage, the differences were more pronounced for the father-adolescent dyad than for the mother-adolescent dyad. Emotional well-being was also different in adolescents with and without economic disadvantage. Although adolescents experiencing different intensity of economic disadvantage differed on some paternal parenting processes, no related differences were observed for other measures of family life quality and emotional well-being. The present study fills the research gap pertinent to the relationship between economic disadvantage and family as well as emotional quality of life in early adolescence in the Chinese culture.


Chinese adolescentsFamily quality of lifeEmotional well-beingEconomic disadvantageLongitudinal study

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Quality of Life CentreHong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, The Chinese University of Hong KongShatinHong Kong
  2. 2.Social Welfare Practice and Research Centre, Department of Social WorkThe Chinese University of Hong KongShatinHong Kong