'You always have to return to your parents': An Interpretative Phenomenological Investigation of Chinese Attachment Styles and Experience in a Changing World
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This study addresses the largely unexplored area of Chinese interpersonal relationships and attachment styles post-modernization of China. A Phenomenological approach was employed to shed light on how traditional Confucian beliefs and modern values are understood and experienced by young Chinese adults today. Six Chinese students were interviewed and the transcripts analysed using the method of Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA). Three prominent themes emerged which accurately reflected the experiences of the participants: (1) Family ties and loyalty to elders; (2) Right/wrong and Being "naughty" and (3) Making sense of traditional roles and values in a changing society. These findings provide a detailed insight into Chinese ways of relatedness in a modern world, which is invaluable for improving the cross-cultural validity of attachment theory.