Filial Piety, Social Change and Singapore Youth

Journal of Moral Education 19 (3):192-205 (1990)
Abstract This paper examines adolescent perceptions of filial piety mainly from a psychological perspective. An attempt is made to explain why Singapore youth appear to hold the principal tenets of filiality in such high regard while newer perceptions of filial piety are also emerging among them. In spite of an ever increasing presence of modernization in Singapore, its youth continue to respect one of the most cardinal of Chinese virtues namely filial piety. This respect however, is becoming more tentative as adolescents question and in some cases challenge the filial ethic on cultural and societal grounds. The first part of the paper examines the nature of filial piety and its durability; this is done with reference to China and other countries which have Chinese populations. The main part of the paper will focus on the author's research concerning adolescent perceptions of filial piety in Singapore. Some of the problems relating to social change and its influence on the acceptance of filial piety are treated. It is urged that a more balanced view needs to be taken about the future place of filial piety in a changing society, for the benefit of the individual, the family and those responsible for the moral education of its citizens
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