ERIC Number: ED227376
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Longitudinal Investigation of Value System Changes at Transition to Parenthood.
Michaels, Gerald Y.; And Others
The human values system is a heretofore unresearched area in the developmental changes occurring at the transition to parenthood. Pregnant couples (N=44) and a control group of nonpregnant couples (N=33) were interviewed three times over a 9-month period to examine the impact of the transition to parenthood on the organization of both instrumental and terminal values and to examine whether the transition to parenthood would cause commitment to family to supplant a commitment and concern for the larger society. A series of values measures was administered to determine nonvalues-related attitudes, instrumental and terminal values, relative weight of familial values, and values changes. Cross sectional analyses of differences in values showed that couples in the pregnant group underwent greater instrumental and terminal value system changes than couples in the nonpregnant group. In addition, those with pregnancy-related medical difficulties and those with unplanned pregnancies showed greater value changes. The findings support a model of value system change at the transition to parenthood in which the value system reorganizes itself around the central importance of family security and the importance of values concerned with social justice and responsibility decreases. (MCF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor. Rackham Graduate School.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (90th, Washington, DC, August 23-27, 1982). Best copy available. Also sponsored by the Bush Program in Child Development and Social Policy.