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Chinese Adolescents’ Moral Reasoning of Rights Attitudes and Psychological Well-Being

Shaogang Yang, Sharon To, Charles T. Helwig


This study examined rural and urban Chinese adolescents’ (aged 13–19 years,
N = 395) attitudes toward children’s self-determination and nurturance rights, and how
these attitudes relate to various dimensions of socialization in their family and school
environments, including perceptions of parental and teacher autonomy support and
responsiveness and family and school democratic climate. Relations between these
variables and psychological well-being also were examined. Perceived parent and
teacher autonomy support and responsiveness and democratic climate differentially
predicted attitudes toward each type of right and were positively correlated with
adolescents’ psychological well-being. Our findings suggest that environments that are
structured more democratically and that are responsive to children’s autonomy needs
contribute to their psychological health and well-being in diverse cultural settings.


Chinese adolescents; self-determination right; nurturance right; psychological well-being

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