Interpersonal relationships in rapidly changing Chinese societies

Darius K.-S. Chan, Theresa T.-T. Ng and Chin-Ming Hui

in Oxford Handbook of Chinese Psychology

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780199541850
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Interpersonal relationships in rapidly changing Chinese societies

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Since 1970, mainland China has been undergoing social and economic reforms that have brought about astonishing economic success. This article reveals that these social and economic changes have led to many changes in Chinese interpersonal relationships, and family structures and processes. They are not limited to mainland China but can also be seen in other Chinese habitats, such as Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taiwan. The article focuses on Chinese relationship research conducted in the last decade and examines how the rapid social and economic changes in Chinese societies have exerted an impact on the various types of interpersonal relationship. Furthermore, it looks at how traditional Chinese values continue to shape interpersonal relationships amidst the increasing influence of modernization and globalization. In terms of interpersonal relationships, it focuses on four broad domains, namely friendship, romantic relationships, marital relationships, and family relationships, providing a review of the relevant studies in each domain.

Keywords: interpersonal relationship; economic reforms; family structure; traditional Chinese values; globalization

Article.  12062 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Social Psychology

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