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Let's Explore Filial Piety


Y’all. I am not gonna lie. This took me a lot of time because I am not computer savvy at all. But I also felt it was important to break down the ideas in the last post because many of you had never heard of filial piety. The Dual Filial Piety Model is explained here in more detail for those who had a hard time understanding the chart. I hope it helps!


Several thoughts on this. It is likely that Reciprocal and Authoritarian Filial Piety exist in a spectrum versus just high and low. But this is just a simplified conceptual way to understand it.


As a commenter mentioned in the previous post (as this was the focus of her graduate research), this model does not at all discuss the differences in filial piety expectations on how it is impressed on daughters versus sons and the patriarchal systems that reinforced filial piety behaviors.


Finally, this model may seem like a closed system suggesting that there are no other factors that influence filial piety, but there are likely additional factors at play. I will offer follow up posts on my thoughts on how to address our struggles with filial piety. But I wanted to share this informational post so we all can understand the concept and build upon that. Much of the content is quoted directly from the cited paper to adhere to the authenticity of the content as much as possible. Hope this is helpful and now I am taking a break from multi-slide posts 😅.





Source: Bedford, O.M. Yeh, K. (2019). The History and the Future of the Psychology of Filial Piety: Chinese Norms to Contextualized Personality Construct. Front. Psychol., 30 January 2019.


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