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Front. Psychol. | doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.02549

Relations between Dual Filial Piety and Life Satisfaction: The Mediating Roles of Individuating Autonomy and Relating Autonomy

  • 1Department of Psychology, Jiangsu Normal University, China
  • 2Department of Psychology, Jiangsu Normal University, China
  • 3School of Management, China University of Mining and Technology, China

Filial piety (FP) is a culture-specific Confucian concept that specifies how children should treat their elders. It is one of the virtues to be held above all else in eastern cultures, which plays an irreplaceable role in shaping intergenerational relationships and affecting individual’s psychological development. This study aimed to examine simultaneously the effects of reciprocal FP and authoritarian FP on life satisfaction, and the mediating roles of individuating autonomy and relating autonomy therein. To do this, 360 high school students in China were surveyed. Subsequently, a mediation model based on the Dual Filial Piety Model and previous studies was tested. Results demonstrated that reciprocal FP predicted life satisfaction positively, and both individuating autonomy and relating autonomy played significant mediating roles in the relationship between reciprocal FP and life satisfaction. Moreover, authoritarian FP had a negative indirect effect on satisfaction through the mediating role of individuating autonomy, while authoritarian FP exerted a positive indirect effect on satisfaction through the mediating role of relating autonomy. Theoretical and practical implications of these findings are discussed.

Keywords: life satisfaction, relating autonomy, individuating autonomy, Authoritarian filial piety, Reciprocal filial piety

Received: 01 Jul 2019; Accepted: 29 Oct 2019.

Copyright: © 2019 Sun, Fan, Sun, Jiang and Wang. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Prof. Hongyan Jiang, China University of Mining and Technology, School of Management, Xuzhou, China, hyjiang@cumt.edu.cn