Parent-Child Attitude Similarity across the Life Course
parent-child, parent-child relationship, life course
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.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Glass, Jennifer and Miller, Rick B., "Parent-Child Attitude Similarity across the Life Course" (1989). Faculty Publications. 2534.
Journal of Marriage and Family
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
Journal of Marriage and Family © 1989 National Council on Family Relations