Marital conflict and emotional insecurity among Chinese adolescents: Cultural value moderation

Yan LI, Yuen Man Rebecca CHEUNG, Edward Mark CUMMINGS

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Abstract

Emotional security theory has received substantial empirical support in the literature. However, the applicability of this theory in diverse cultures is still unclear. This study examined emotional insecurity among Chinese adolescents (N = 315) and how social harmony values moderated the association between parental conflict tactics (233 mothers; 224 fathers) and adolescents' emotional insecurity. Results showed that emotional insecurity could be reliably measured among Chinese adolescents. Furthermore, a significant moderation showed that paternal conflict tactics were associated with adolescents' emotional insecurity only when they endorsed higher social harmony. In the maternal model, an overall association between maternal conflict tactics and adolescents' emotional insecurity was observed. The current findings enrich the literature on emotional security in diverse ecological contexts. Copyright © 2015 The Authors.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)316-333
JournalJournal of Research on Adolescence
Volume26
Issue number2
Early online dateFeb 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2016

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Li, Y., Cheung, R. Y. M., & Cummings, E. M. (2016). Marital conflict and emotional insecurity among Chinese adolescents: Cultural value moderation. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 26(2), 316-333.