A SURVEY ON THE DISCREPANCY IN ADOLESCENTS' PERCEPTION TOWARDS IDEAL AND ACTUAL PARENTS WHO HAVE A PREFERENCE FOR SONS

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Abstract

This study is aimed at understanding the discrepancy in adolescents' perception of ideal parents versus their perceptions of actual parents who have a preference for sons. The data was collected through a large scale questionnaire that was aimed at exploring the relationship between adolescents and their parents in Malaysia. One thousand nine hundred eighty-two adolescents, ranging in age from 13 to 15, from six Chinese independent schools in Malaysia were invited to participate in the study. The results found a significant interaction effect between genders and parents' preference for sons in the discrepancy of adolescents' perception of their ideal and actual parents. In conclusion, the results of this study suggested that the preference for sons among parents did have an influence on the discrepancy of children's perception of their ideal and actual parents. Future study may further examine the psychological impacts of such discrepancies in these perceptions on those adolescents whose parents prefer sons over daughters.

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