The development of the adult filial closeness scale (AFCS): An investigation of the relationship between self-reported closeness with parents and happiness

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Abstract

A vital element of psychological well-being, or happiness, is a good relationship with one’s parents. This study explored the relationship between adult filial closeness and happiness. To measure adults’ closeness to their parents, the Adult Filial Closeness Scale (AFCS) was developed, and its reliability and construct validity were verified with a sample of 75 participants, aged 18 to 71 (61.3% female). Happiness was measured using the Oxford Happiness Questionnaire (OHQ). Male and female scores did not differ significantly on the AFCS and OHQ. The hypothesis that there would be a positive correlation between the AFCS and OHQ measures was not supported for participants at both the younger and older ends of the age spectrum; however, it was supported for the main adult group. In line with previous research, this study emphasises the role a close relationship between children and their parents has on the happiness of the offspring and on the success in many life activities, ranging from academic endeavours to maintaining healthy behaviours. Suggested future research should focus on overcoming the limitations of the study related to sampling and order effects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-69
Number of pages7
JournalAustralia and New Zealand Student Services Association. Journal
Volume2016
Issue number48
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016
Externally publishedYes

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