"The findings suggest that family obligation may be protective against
depressive symptoms," said Cookston. "It could be that a greater
sense of family obligation in the early teenage years provides teenagers
with a strong family bond that makes them feel secure even when they move
through adolescence and become more autonomous."
During the two-year period of the professors' study, they found that as the children grew older, their actual time spent in support of their families decreased -- but their positive attitudes toward their siblings and elders did not. The researchers maintain that this means even as young people begin to talk and look less like the older generations, the "traditional cultural mindset" is still prevalent.
"Parents may see their children being less and less Chinese," says the professor, "But
in fact the teenagers' attitudes and beliefs that family obligation is important
and valuable remain very consistent through adolescence."
Or, as folks used to say a century ago about a different recent immigrant group, "dress British, think Yiddish."