On the afternoon of October 24, 2019, Prof. Ye Guanghui, who comes from the Department of Psychology at Taiwan University, brought a special lecture entitled “The Dual Autonomy Model of Chinese Adolescents: A Series of Empirical Evidence”. This lecture was held by Prof. Wang Fengyan, the Doctoral Supervisor of School of Psychology, Nanjing Normal University. Some faculty from our School of Psychology and more than 100 students attended this lecture.
At first, Prof. Ye introduced the theoretical construction of the Dual Autonomy Model of Chinese Adolescents. The Model combines the concepts of “autonomy” based on “self-determination” in the mainstream Western psychology and the “independent self/ interdependent self” from cross-cultural psychology. He suggested that this model shows us how interpersonal distance influences the expression of autonomy of adolescents in a new perspective, and lays a good theoretical foundation for the study of the coexistence, development and operation of autonomy in the same body of “individualization” and “relationship”. Next, Prof. Ye introduced eight relevant empirical studies conducted by his team, which could be summarized as below: First, they used the questionnaire survey and found the Model had high discriminant validity, criterion validity, and ecological validity. Second, they used the quasi-experimental method to further test the Model. Finally, a series of studies on the effects of the model on parent-child interaction and the physical and mental development of adolescents were found.
At the end of the lecture, Prof. Ye answered the questions from the students and teachers in detail. The lecture arose the great interests of students and was ended in warm applause.