Title

Parent-Child Attitude Similarity across the Life Course

Keywords

parent-child, parent-child relationship, life course

Abstract

This analysis tests two competing hypotheses con- cerning changes in parent-child attitude similarity across the life course. The developmental perspec- tive predicts that parent-child attitudes converge as children become adults; socialization theory suggests that attitudes diverge over time. Change in similarity was measured on political, religious, and gender role attitude scales collected from three-generation families in 1971 and 1985. Results indicate that the older parent-child dyads (G1-G2) diverged in attitudes over time, but the younger dyads (G2-G3) remained stable. A devel- opmental age trajectory and period effects are suggested as possible explanations for the contra- dictory resul

Original Publication Citation

Miller, R.B., & Glass, J. (1989). Parent-child attitude similarity across the life course. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 51, 991-997.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

1989-11

Publisher

Journal of Marriage and Family

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Sociology

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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