Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: June 25, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963978 | Print ISBN: 9781412909280 | Online ISBN: 9781412963978| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Kevin L. Nadal
Filial piety is the cultural value and responsibility to treat one's parents with the highest respect. Filial refers to anything related to a son or daughter, and piety refers to the virtue of being reverent and compliant. The value includes the notion of taking care of one's parents, while showing love, respect, courtesy, and support. It includes the importance of avoiding rebellion, disgrace, or loss of face of one's family and ancestors. It is a collectivist value, in that an individual respects the worth, beliefs, and standards of a collective (i.e., one's family, tribe, ethnic group, or community) rather than of the individual. An individual is often expected to put her or his parents' needs before her or his own. The ...