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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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
Issue number15
Early online date2 Aug 2018
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2018


The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: Work on this article has been funded by a grant to the project “The Influence of Family and School on Future Life Plans of Adolescents” from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO; pro-jectnr 400-09-116). Liefbroer also acknowledges support from the European Research Council under the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP/2007-2013)/ERC Grant Agreement No. 324178.

FundersFunder number
Seventh Framework ProgrammeFP/2007-2013
European Research Council324178
Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek400-09-116
Seventh Framework Programme


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


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