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Gerontologist. 1990 Oct;30(5):610-7.

A new look at filial piety: ideals and practices of family-centered parent care in Korea.

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  • 1Department of Social Work, Korean Family Welfare Research Association, Yonsei University, Seoul.


This paper presents results of the analysis of 817 stories about Koreans who exemplify filial piety, a dominant value of East Asian nations. Corollaries were identified, such as types of care and services provided to elderly parents, motives for filial piety, kinds of emphases given in filial duties, and sacrifices endured for parents. The most outstanding dimensions underlying filial piety were respect, responsibility, family harmony and sacrifice. Findings provide both conceptual and practical tools for understanding and practicing filial piety.

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