Influence of Living with Parents on Marrieds’ Happiness


To enrich literature, this paper investigates influence of living with parents on marrieds’ happiness. It is an important issue in Chinese filial piety culture but rarely discussed. Data are drawn from Taiwan Social Change Survey in year 1995, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2005. Empirical findings from ordered probit models show various associations between living with own/spouses parents and happiness of married women/men. Living with mother-in-law degrades married womens happiness but it promotes married mens happiness. Living with own mother lowers down married daughters happiness but married mens happiness increases when living with own parents. These results echo to theoretical backgrounds about altruism, demonstration effect, and good/bad relation between married children and parents.

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S. Chu, "Influence of Living with Parents on Marrieds’ Happiness," Modern Economy, Vol. 5 No. 1, 2014, pp. 11-20. doi: 10.4236/me.2014.51002.

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