Hoping for a Phoenix: Shanghai Fathers and Their Daughters.

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Journal Name
Journal of Family Issues
Journal Volume
34
Journal Issue
2
Page Count
26
Year Published
2013
Author (Individual)
Xu, Qiong.
Yeung, Wei-Jun Jean.
Resource Type
Journal Article
Resource Format
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Intergenerational relationships and gender roles in China are in transition because of ideational and structural changes resulting from social movements and policies in the past half a century. Using a mixed-methods design, we examine Shanghai fathers' involvement in their adolescent daughters' lives. In contrast to traditional stereotypes, Shanghai fathers are nurturing and highly involved in multiple domains of their daughters' lives. They also have very high aspirations for their daughters, regardless of their own socioeconomic background. Shanghai fathers see providing emotional and financial support, and helping their daughters to achieve success in education as their most important roles. The behavior of Shanghai fathers can be best understood in the unique Chinese contexts of one-child policy, transition to market economy, and increasing globalization. (Author abstract)

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