Chinese Family Contributions to Psychological Disorders

  • Hongying Fan
  • You Xu
  • Wei WangEmail author


Family plays an important role in the psychological world of an individual, and is especially related to personality disorders (see Chapter “ Narrations of Personality Disorders in A Dream of Red Mansions”) and bipolar disorder (see Chapters “ Bipolar Disorders in Chinese Culture: From a Perspective of Harmony” and “ Predicting Affective States of Bipolar Disorder by the Chinese Adjective Descriptors of Personality”). Thus, in this chapter, we would like to discuss the relationship between family and the psychological disorders in the context of Chinese culture. Family in general refers to the group comprising parents and children. It functions as a system to satisfy the different needs of family members, regulate sexual behaviors, support education/socialization, affection, and provide protection. Taking Chinese culture into account, Chinese family exhibits some distinguishing features. Although the culture provides Chinese family with help for functioning smoothly, it cannot satisfy all the needs of the members, therefore psychological problems occur afterwards. In contemporary China, traditional culture, especially Confucianism, still occupies a vital position in people’s value, therefore the intersection of family, culture, and psychological disorders still needs to be further investigated in the society.


Behavioral and psychological disorders Chinese culture Confucianism Family function Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs Theory 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry/School of Public HealthZhejiang University College of MedicineHangzhouChina
  2. 2.Department of Sleep Medicine, the Seventh Hospital of Hangzhou, and Mental Health CenterZhejiang University College of MedicineHangzhouChina

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