On the afternoon of November 4, 2020, Prof. Zhang Wenxin who comes from the School of Psychology, Shangdong Normal University, gave a lecture entitled “The Changes of Family Values and Parent-child Relationship among Chinese Adolescents in the Past 20 years: A Historical Comparation based on Three Birth Cohort”. The lecture was hosted by Prof. Deng Zhu (Dean of our School of Psychology, Nanjing Normal University). Prof. Wang Yunqiang, Prof. Zhong Yuan, Prof. Chen Chen, and other faculty and students from our School of Psychology attended the lecture.
Prof. Zhang Wenxin is a vice secretary of the Party Committee of Shangdong Normal University, and serves as an expert member of the Steering Committee for Mental Health Education in Primary and Secondary Schools of the Ministry of Education. His research interest mainly focuses on adolescent psychology and school psychology such as adolescent social development and school bullying. In this lecture, Prof. Zhang first introduced the ecological systems model of human development and suggested that social change could play a role in human development, but was ignored by most researchers. Prof. Zhang then introduced his project that focused on the changes of family values and parent-child relationship among Chinese Adolescents from 1999 to 2010 to 2018. He found that over the last two decades of social change, teenagers’ family values have become more individualistic, while the tendency of collectivism has been reduced. Specifically, adolescents who born later in the birth cohort were more receptive to disagreements with their parents and expected autonomy earlier.
In the last Question & Answer session, Prof. Zhang had positive discussions with the faculty and students. The lecture arose the great interests of faculty and students and was ended in applause.