This research was conducted in partial fulfillment of Lili Qin's dissertation and was supported by National Institute of Mental Health Grant R01 MH57505 to Eva M. Pomerantz. We are grateful to the children who participated. We thank Huichang Chen, Scott Litwack, Molly McDonald, and Haimei Wang for their help in collecting and managing the data. We appreciate the constructive comments provided by Reed Larson, Brent Roberts, Glenn Roisman, Karen Rudolph, and members of the Center for Parent-Child Studies at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Reciprocal Pathways Between American and Chinese Early Adolescents' Sense of Responsibility and Disclosure to Parents
Version of Record online: 27 MAR 2013
© 2013 The Authors. Child Development © 2013 Society for Research in Child Development, Inc.
Volume 84, Issue 6, pages 1887–1895, November/December 2013
How to Cite
Qin, L. and Pomerantz, E. M. (2013), Reciprocal Pathways Between American and Chinese Early Adolescents' Sense of Responsibility and Disclosure to Parents. Child Development, 84: 1887–1895. doi: 10.1111/cdev.12088
- Issue online: 11 NOV 2013
- Version of Record online: 27 MAR 2013
- National Institute of Mental Health. Grant Number: R01 MH57505
This research examined the reciprocal pathways between youth's sense of responsibility to parents and disclosure to them during early adolescence in the United States and China. Four times over the seventh and eighth grades, 825 American and Chinese youth (Mage = 12.73 years) reported on their sense of responsibility to parents and disclosure of everyday activities to them. Autoregressive latent trajectory models revealed that the more youth felt responsible to parents, the more they subsequently disclosed to them in both the United States and China. The reverse was also true: The more youth disclosed to parents, the more responsible they felt to them over time. The strength of these reciprocal pathways increased as youth progressed through early adolescence.