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The effects of modernization: Smart, working women and filial piety in ageing Singapore

Brink, T.T. van den (2017) The effects of modernization: Smart, working women and filial piety in ageing Singapore.

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Abstract:Building on the findings of previous research, the purpose of the present study is to investigate ‘’to what extent do the age, education level and employment status of Singaporean women predict the degree of filial piety in 2010-2014?’’. The research is based on a cross-sectional design, using an existing dataset of the World Values Survey (wave 2010 – 2014) to measure the relationships. Only the female respondents of the sample (N = 1083) were taken into account for analysis. An index of four items was constructed to measure filial piety as a dependent variable. The items were selected in relation to the identified dimensions of filial piety and their theoretical relevance. Based on the One-way ANOVA test, the individual relationships between the independent variables age, education level and employment status on the one hand, and dependent variable filial piety, on the other hand, were investigated. In conclusion, the results showed significant relationships for age and employment status, but not for education levels, which contradicted previous research. Among the women in the middle age group (38-57 years) and among those with a job the highest scores on filial piety were found. The present study has discovered how modern times have led to an altered practice of filial piety, leading middle-aged women with jobs to uphold the highest degree of filial piety. These findings can be used to explore how Singaporean women could combine work and filial responsibilities in practice.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general, 73 cultural anthropology
Programme:European Studies BSc (56627)
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