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Dr Jo-Pei Tan


Dr Jo-Pei Tan 


Dr Jo-Pei Tan is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Centre of Criminology and Sociology at Royal Holloway, University of London. Previously, she worked in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Faculty of Human Ecology at the University of Putra, Malaysia. She was awarded her DPhil in Evidence‐Based Social Interventions by the University of Oxford.  She also holds an MPhil in Social and Developmental Psychology from the University of Cambridge.  Dr Tan was awarded the Young Researcher Award for the Category of Social Sciences and Humanities by the Research Management Centre (RMC) at the University of Putra, Malaysia.  

Her principal research interests are in the field of parenting and family studies with a focus on child emotional and behavioural development and, intergenerational relations in multicultural families. Her research and publications focus on how different aspects of culture (e.g., socio-cultural context, mixed versus monocultural, majority versus minority) impacts socialization processes and child, adolescent and family development. More specifically, her areas of investigation aims to understand (1) children’s social and emotional development in the context of parenting; (2) the meanings of parenting behaviors and child and adolescent adjustment across and within different cultural contexts and (3) the effect of intergenerational family relationships on child and adolescent outcomes.   She is also interested in the policy implications of research findings in the context of evidence-based interventions.


  1. Tan, J-P. (2011-in press). Inter-Ethnic and Mono-Ethnic Families: Examining the Association of Parenting and Child Emotional and Behavioral Adjustment Among Mixed-parentage children in Malaysia. Pertanika Journal of Social Science & Humanities.
  2. Rozumah, B. Krauss, S., Siti Nor, Y. & Tan, J. P. (2011). Family Processes as Predictors of Antisocial Behaviors among Adolescents from Urban Non-traditional Malay Families in Malaysia, Journal of Comparative Family Studies, 42, 509-522.
  3. Rahimah, I., Nellie, I., Tan, J. P. & Loke, C. M. (2010). Sosialisasi Remaja Atas Talian: Implikasi ke atas Program Berasaskan Internet [Adolescent Online Socialisation: Implications on Internet-based Programmes], Malaysian Journal of Youth Studies, Vol. 3, 129-146.
  4. Flouri, E., Buchanan, A., Tan, J. P., Attar-Schwartz, S. & Griggs, J. (2010). Adverse life events, area socio-economic disadvantage, and adolescent psychopathology: The role of closeness to grandparents as a buffer against risk. Stress: The International Journal on the Biology of Stress, 13 (5), 402-412.
  5. Tan, J-P., Buchanan, A., Flouri, E., Attar-Schwartz, S. & Griggs, J. (2010). Filling in the parenting gap? Grandparental involvement with UK adolescents. Journal of Family Issues, 31 (7), 992-1015.  
  6.  Griggs, J., Tan, J-P., Buchanan, A., Attar-Schwartz, S. & Flouri, E. (2010). ‘They’ve always been there for me’: Grandparental involvement and child well-being, Children & Society, 24 (3), 200-214. 
  7.  Attar-Schwartz, S., Tan, J-P. & Buchanan, A., (2009). Adolescents’ perspectives on relationships with grandparents: The contribution of adolescent, grandparent, and parent-grandparent relationship variables, Children and Youth Services Review, 31, 1057-1066. 
  8.  Attar-Schwartz, S., Tan, J-P., Buchanan, A., Flouri, E. & Griggs, J. (2009). Grandparenting and Adolescent Adjustment in Two-Parent Biological, Lone-Parent, and Step-Families, Journal of Family Psychology, 23 (1), 67-75.
  9. Nellie, I., Tan, J-P. & Rahimah, I. (2009). The relationship between Parental Beliefs on Filial Piety and Child Psychosocial Adjustment among Malay Families. Pertanika Journal of Social Science and Humanities, 17 (2), 283-292.
  10. Rumaya, J, Rozumah, B., & Tan, J-P. (2009). Intercultural Marriage in Sarawak: Motivational Factors, Borneo Research Journal, 2 (1), 220-233.
  11. Buchanan, A., Flouri, E., Tan, J-P., Griggs, J & Attar-Achwartz, S. (2008). Grandparenting: the growing influence of grandparents. ChildRIGHT, 248, pp 14-18. an, J-P., Rozumah, B., Rumaya, J. & Krauss, S. E. (2008).Socio-demographic characteristics of Intercultural marriage: A study of a Multi-Ethnic Community in Malaysia. European Journal of Social Sciences, 5 (4), 30-44.
  12. Tan, J-P., Buchanan, A. & Zahyah, H. (2006).Socialization and Parenting in Chinese Cultural Context. Journal of Social Development, June, 165-180.
  13. Rozumah, B., Rumaya, J. & Tan, J-P.(2005). Parenting Behaviour and Mixed-Marriage. Malaysian Journal of Social Policy and Society, 1: 113-126.
  14. Rozumah B., Rumaya J., Asnarulkhadi, A.S., Tan J-P., Amna M.N. & Mansor, A.T.  (2005). Predictors of conduct problems amongst school-going adolescents in West Malaysia. Malaysian Journal of Social Policy and Society, 2: 92-107.
  15. Rumaya J., Rozumah B., Tan J-P., Abang B.T., Zabidi H., Jamil M.Y., et. al. (2001). Parents and adolescents perceptions on family functioning. Human Ecology Research Bulletin, 2(1): 29-36.
  16. Tan, J-P. & Rozumah B. (1999). Family and child-care benefits offered by corporate companies to employees. Human Ecology Research Bulletin, 1(1): 11-19.


Research Collaborations and Involvement:

  1. Parents and Children in Families and in Cultures (PACIFIC), in collaboration with Department of Psychology at HELP University Malaysia and Brigham Young University, USA, Funded by Brigham Young University (in Provo, Utah, USA), 2011-2012.
  2. Comparative Asian Family Survey (Malaysia), in collaboration with Institute of Gerontology at Universiti Putra Malaysia, Funded by Global Center of Excellence on Reconstruction of the Intimate and Public Sphere in 21st Century Asia, Kyoto University, 2011-2012.
  3. Filial Piety in Intergenerational Relations: A Moral Literacy Module for Malaysian Preschoolers, funded by Malaysian National Commission for UNESCO, 2011-2012.
  4. Developing a Model for Parenting Practices of Multicultural Families in Malaysia, Fundamental Research Grant Scheme Phase 1/2011, Funded by Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia, 2011-2013.
  5. Intergenerational Influence, parental Involvement and Child-Adolescent Biopsychosocial Well-Being, Initiative 3: Capable Researcher, Funded by Research Management Centre (RMC), Universiti Putra Malaysia, 2010-2011.
  6. Benchmarking Parenting Competencies and its Correlates to Child Well-Being: Implications for Enhancing Human Capital Development, Initiative 1: High Impact Research Group, Funded by Research Management Centre (RMC), Universiti Putra Malaysia, 2009-2011.
  7. Evaluating the Effectiveness of Rumah Tunas Harapan Program in Malaysia, Funded by Department of Welfare Malaysia, collaboration with University Malaya, 2009-2010.
  8. Intergenerational Relationships and Adolescent Psychological Adjustment, Initiative 5: Newly Appointed Lecturer Scheme, Funded by Research Management Centre (RMC), Universiti Putra Malaysia, 2009-2010.
  9. Involved Grandparenting and Children’s Well-being, Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), United Kingdom, 2007-2008.
  10. Supporting Parents in Promoting Early Learning: The Evaluation of the Early Learning Partnership Project, Funded by the Department for Children, School and Family (DCSF), United Kingdom, 2007-2008.
  11. Intercultural and Monocultural Families in Malaysia: An Ecological Perspective, Funded by the Department of National Unity and Integration, at the Prime Minister’s Department, Malaysia, 2005.
  12. Prosocial Behaviour and Excellency Among Secondary School Students in Malaysia: Implication for Policy, Funded by the Ministry of Education, Malaysia, at the Faculty of Human Ecology, University of Putra Malaysia, 2001-2002.
  13. Conduct Problems Among Secondary and Primary School Students in Malaysia: Implication for Policy, Funded by the Ministry of Education, Malaysia, at the Faculty of Human Ecology, University of Putra Malaysia, 2000-2001.
  14. Mixmarriage Families in Malaysia, Funded by Department of National Unity, Ministry of Community Development and National Unity, Malaysia, at the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Faculty of Human Ecology, University of Putra Malaysia, 1999-2000.
  15. Family Environment and Conduct Problems of School–Going Adolescent, Funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology, Malaysia, 1999-2000.
  16. Family Strength and Children’s Well-Being, Funded by the Johor State Government, Malaysia, at the Dept of Human Development & Family Studies, Faculty of Human Ecology, University of Putra Malaysia, 1999-2000.

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