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Intergenerational relationsEuropean perspectives in family and society$
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Isabelle Albert and Dieter Ferring

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447300984

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447300984.001.0001

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Value transmission between parents and their adolescent children: the process and its outcomes. A psycho-social perspective

Value transmission between parents and their adolescent children: the process and its outcomes. A psycho-social perspective

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(p.101) Six Value transmission between parents and their adolescent children: the process and its outcomes. A psycho-social perspective
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Intergenerational relations
Author(s):

Daniela Barni

Rosa Rosnati

Sonia Ranieri

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447300984.003.0007

This chapter focuses on values as a central content of cultural transmission and on the family as the primary place of socialisation for younger generations. It provides a brief overview of psycho-social research concerning transmission of values within the family and its outcomes, usually measured in terms of parent-child value similarity. In the final section, the authors propose to move from the concepts of transmission and parent-child value similarity into the concepts of choice and continuity. Etymologically, continuity refers to ‘tying together, linking’: ‘tying together’ the values of parents and children, incorporating them into inherently worthy, coherent systems, and ‘linking’ the former generation to the next one may be the most significant outcome of a successful transmission. This may imply a certain degree of parent-child similarity in values, but in this perspective the critical focus becomes the intergenerational relationship itself and the quality of this relationship.

Keywords:   value transmission, adolescents, parents, parent-child value similarity, choice, continuity

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