Why I Trust My Father? : In the Eyes of Malaysian Adolescents
Commenced in January 2007
Frequency: Monthly
Edition: International
Paper Count: 32870
Why I Trust My Father? : In the Eyes of Malaysian Adolescents

Authors: Jasmine Adela Mutang, Alfred Chan Huan Zhi, Norzihan Ayub, Chua Bee Seok, Rosnah Ismail, Ooh Siew Ling, Uichol Kim


This study aims to investigate how much both son and daughter trust their father and what are the underlying reasons they trust their father. The results revealed five main reasons why Malaysian adolescents trust their father. Those reasons are related to the role of father, father-child relationship, father-s characteristics, father-s nurturing nature and father-s attitude and behavior. A total of 1022 students (males = 241, females = 781) from one of public university in Sabah, Malaysia participated in the study. The participants completed open-ended questionnaires developed by Kim (2008), asking how much the adolescents trust their father, and the reasons why they trust their father. The data was analysed by using the indigenous psychology method proposed by [1] Findings of this study revealed the pattern of trust towards father for both Malaysian male and female adolescents. The results contributed new information about Malaysian adolescents- trust towards their father form the indigenous context. The implications of finding will be discussed.

Keywords: Adolescent, Father-child relationship, Indigenous Psychology, Trust.

Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1070513

Procedia APA BibTeX Chicago EndNote Harvard JSON MLA RIS XML ISO 690 PDF Downloads 2174


[1] N. Hayes. Doing Qualitative Analysis in Psychology. New York: Psychology Publisher, 2000.
[2] K. E, Miller. Beyond the frontstage: Trust, access, and the relational context in research with refugee communities. American Journal of Community Psychology. 2004, 33: 217-227. DOI:10.1023/B:AJCP.0000027007.14063.ad
[3] M. Williams. In whom we trust: Group membership as an affective context for trust development. The Academy of Management Review.2001, 26, 377-396.
[4] F. Righetti, and C. Finkenauer. If you are able to control yourself, I will trust you: The role of perceived self-control in interpersonal trust. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. 2001, 100(5): 874-886. DOI:10.1037/a0021827.
[5] D.H. McKnight, and N.L. Chervany. Trust and distrust definitions: One bite at a time. In Falcone, R., Singh, M. & Tan, Y.H. (eds.). Trust in Cyber-societies, 2001, pp. 27-54.
[6] P.R. Amato. Father-child relations, mother-child relations and offspring psychological well-being in early adulthood. Journal of Marriage and the Family. 1994, 56 (4):1031-1042.
[7] Choi. S. C. & Kim, K. Naïve psychology of Koreans- interpersonal mind and behavior in close relationships. In U.Kim, K.S. Yang, & K.K. Hwang (Eds.), Indigenous and cultural psychology: Understanding people in context 2006, (pp. 357-369.).
[8] D. Paquette. Theorizing the Father-Child Relationship: Mechanisms and Developmental Outcomes. Human Development. 2004, 47(4): 193-219. DOI:10.1159/000078723.
[9] W.A. Collins, and B. Laursen. Parent-adolescent relationship and influences. R. M. Lerner & L. Steinberg (Eds.), Handbook of adolescent psychology (2nded.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.,2004, pp. 331-361.
[10] S. Yamaguchi, and Y. Ariizumi. Close interpersonal relationships among Japanese: Amae as distinguished from attachment and dependence. In U. Kim, K. S. Yang, & K. K. Hwang (Eds.), Indigenous and cultural psychology: Understanding people in context. New York: Springer.2006, pp. 163-174.
[11] K.K. Hwang. Constructive realism and Confucian relationalism: An epistemological strategy for the development of indigenous psychology. In U. Kim, K. S. Yang, & K. K. Hwang (Eds.), Indigenous and cultural psychology: Understanding people in context. New York: Springer. 2006, pp. 49-72.
[12] M. A. Hakim, H.B. Thontowi, K.W. Yuniarti, and U. Kim. The basis of children-s trust towards their parents in Java, ngemong: Indigenous psychological analysis. International Journal of Research Studies in Psychology. 2012, 1(2): 3-16. DOI: 10.5861/ijrsp.2012.v1i2.78
[13] U. Kim. Indigenous psychological analysis of Trust/happiness/self/achievement/parent-child relationshp/coping with disaster. Unpublished manuscript. 2008, Inha University, Incheon, Korea.