Filial responsibility

Tomoko WAKUI, Sheung-Tak CHENG

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Filial obligation is the obligation of children to defer to parental wishes and meet a parent’s needs. This role not only includes contact with parents, having shared living arrangements, and providing routine care, but also involves providing physical, informational, and emotional support and financial help, especially when parents reach old age. This responsibility also includes more comprehensive efforts to ensure a parent’s safety, health, emotional well-being, sociability, and continued integration well-being, sociability, and continued integration in society through contact with the outside world (Schorr 1960; Caro 2014; Whyte 2004). Copyright © 2017 Springer Science+Business Media Singapore.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of geropsychology
EditorsNancy A. PACHANA
Place of PublicationSingapore
ISBN (Electronic)9789812870827
ISBN (Print)9789812870810, 9789812870834
Publication statusPublished - 2017


Wakui, T., & Cheng, S.-T. (2017). Filial responsibility. In N. A. Pachana (Ed.), Encyclopedia of geropsychology (Vol. 2, pp. 874-881). Singapore: Springer.


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  • Filial obligation
  • Filial piety
  • Filial responsibility expectations


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