ERIC Number: ED128725
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Apr-22
Reference Count: 0
The Relationship Between Selected Value Orientations of Adolescents and Those of Their Parents.
Harckham, Laura D.; McKenna, Kevin M.
This study sought to determine the relationship between the values of adolescents and the corresponding values of their parents. The values were divided into six basic interests or evaluative attitudes; theoretical, economic, aesthetic, social, political, and religious. The sample consisted of 50 female Catholic high school students and their parents, thus the research findings are limited in their generalizability to such populations. The values were measured by the Allport-Vernon-Lindzey study of values test. The findings support the hypothesis that there is a negligible correlation between the value structures of adolescents and their parents in economic, aesthetic and political areas. Further, students rank significantly higher on the dimension of political, aesthetic and social values than do their parents, while parents rate higher in theoretical values. Generally the findings indicate a negligible relationship between parental and adolescent values, except in the area of religion where a moderate relationship was found. The data are interpreted as resulting from the child's expanding environment, leading to a less parent-centered environment and more independence in value judgments and the creation of value systems. (NG)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, California, April 19-23, 1976)