Reference : Intergenerational Value Similarity in Adulthood
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Migration and Inclusive Societies
Intergenerational Value Similarity in Adulthood
Hoellger, Christian [University of Paderborn]
Sommer, Sabrina [University of Paderborn]
Albert, Isabelle mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (FHSE) > Department of Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences (DBCS) >]
Buhl, Heike mailto [University of Paderborn]
Journal of Family Issues
[en] Adult child-parent dyads ; value similarity ; relationship quality ; frequency of contact ; parent-child relationship
[en] This investigation concentrates on value similarity between parents and their children during adulthood. The interplay between gender, age, relationship quality, and frequency of contact on value similarity was analyzed. A total of 600 adult German children (53.8% women) and their parents took part in a questionnaire study. Value orientation was measured with a short version of Schwartz’s Portrait Values Questionnaire, and relationship quality with the Network of Relationships Inventory (Furman & Buhrmeister, 1992).Value similarity was higher in mother–daughter dyads compared to mother–son dyads, but in the other dyads, no significant differences were found. Regarding relationship quality, verbal intimacy was not related to value similarity. Parental satisfaction was associated with value similarity in the father–child dyads. Satisfaction, as perceived by adult children, was linked to value similarity in mother–child and father–son dyads. Furthermore, the frequency of contact related to value similarity between mothers and sons.
“Interdependence in the relationship between adults and their parents”
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