Asian Journal of Counselling

Counseling Chinese Peoples: Perspectives of Filial Piety

2000.第7卷第1期(Vol. 7 No. 1).pp. 23–41

Counseling Chinese Peoples: Perspectives of Filial Piety


Kwong-Liem Karl KWAN(關光濂)


Filial piety has been considered an indigenous psychological construct that governs the familial and intergenerational relationships of Chinese people. Few existing studies, however, have explored the psychological implications of filial piety in the counseling context. In this article, several psychological themes related to filial piety will first be reviewed. The adaptive functions and the potential psychological dilemma associated with filial piety will then be discussed. Finally, several applications of this psychological construct in the counseling of Chinese people will be suggested.