The expectation and perceived receipt of filial piety among Chinese older adults in the Greater Chicago area

Xin Qi Dong, Manrui Zhang, Melissa A. Simon

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Objective: Filial piety is a key Chinese cultural value that determines children's caregiving obligation to older adults. This study aims to evaluate the expectations and perceived receipt of filial piety from the perspectives of Chinese older adults. Method: Data were drawn from the Population Study of Chinese Elderly in Chicago (PINE) study, a population-based study of U.S. Chinese older adults aged 60 and above in the Greater Chicago area. Filial care was examined in six domains, including care, respect, greeting, happiness, obedience, and financial support. Socio-demographics correlate with expectations and receipt of filial piety were also reported. Results: Participants reported high level of overall expectations and receipts of filial piety, and highest expectation and perceived receipt were placed on the domain of respect. Discussion: This study provides insights on the extent to which U.S. Chinese older adults expect and perceive receipt of filial care. Our findings have implications for the provision of culturally appropriate health care services.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1225-1247
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of aging and health
Issue number7
StatePublished - Oct 1 2014


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


  • Chinese
  • Filial piety
  • Older adults
  • Population studies

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