Adolescents’ expectations about the timing of family life events: Unraveling the role of value transmission and modeling

Micha G. Keijer*, Aart C. Liefbroer, Ineke Nagel

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Abstract

Intergenerational continuity in family behaviors partly results from socialization processes in the parental home. However, socialization is a multidimensional process. This article tests hypotheses about the relative importance of value transmission and modeling in explaining expectations of adolescence concerning the timing of leaving home, and entry into cohabitation, marriage, and parenthood. Structural equation modeling on multiactor data from over 1,000 parent–adolescent child couples in the Netherlands is used to test hypotheses. Results suggest that, in general, both value transmission and modeling are important predictors of adolescents’ expectations concerning the timing of major family events. Moreover, no differences between mothers and fathers and between boys and girls are observed in the strength of the intergenerational relationships studied.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3755-3777
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Family Issues
Volume39
Issue number15
Early online date2 Aug 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2018

Keywords

  • adolescents
  • education
  • family demography
  • intergenerational
  • work and family

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