Emotional autonomy and depression among Chinese adolescents

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Depression is quite common among young people in Hong Kong Chinese society. This study examined the association between emotional autonomy and depressive symptomatology among Chinese young people in Hong Kong. The respondents were 512 young people between 16 and 18 years of age from a cross-sectional study in Hong Kong. Significant bivariate relationships were found between depressive symptomatology and three dimensions of emotional autonomy (individuation, nondependency on parents, and deidealization of parents). Using multiple regression models, the author found that depressive symptomatology was associated with two aspects of emotional autonomy: individuation and deidealization of parents. Results indicate that the relationships between depressive symptomatology and these three aspects of emotional autonomy are similar in both individualistic and collectivistic societies. Copyright © 2000 Taylor & Francis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161-168
JournalJournal of Genetic Psychology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2000


Chou, K.-L. (2000). Emotional autonomy and depression among Chinese adolescents. Journal of Genetic Psychology, 161(2), 161-168. doi: 10.1080/00221320009596703


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