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date: 05 April 2020

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Filial piety has served as a guiding principle of Chinese patterns of moral socialization for millennia. However, interpretation of the values and behaviors emphasized by filial beliefs has evolved with sociopolitical demands. In this chapter, the authors first review the foundations of filial piety in Chinese culture and discuss the connection with relational identity and Confucian ethics. Next, the authors focus on the psychology of filial piety and examine the ways in which filial piety is enacted in modern Chinese societies. They use the case of elder care to demonstrate how indigenous psychological research and tools can allow governments to coordinate with local values and beliefs in developing effective social policy, and they indicate how insights from the dual filial piety model may be used by education and counseling professionals to address important social issues.

Keywords: filial piety, Chinese culture, Confucian ethics, elder care, moral socialization

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