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ERIC Number: ED417005
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
Pages: 10
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The Role of Mother and Father in the Value Socialization Process of Adolescents.
Rommel, Judy I.
The values humans possess take form in relation to the day-to-day activities and decisions (instrumental values) and as criteria for a lifetime (terminal values). This study compares the importance level assigned by adolescents to instrumental and terminal values and the relationship of adolescents' perception of value importance with their parents' perceptions. It was hypothesized that perception of instrumental values importance rather than terminal values importance would be significantly correlated between adolescents and parents, adolescent value importance would be more closely aligned to mother values importance, and adolescent perception of mother values importance would be more accurate than perception of father values importance. A questionnaire was used to elicit information about self and other perceptions of the importance of five instrumental (for example, being obedient, dutiful, and respectful) and five terminal (for example, living in a world at peace, making a lasting contribution) values. Participating were 30 families (mother, father, and one adolescent) in a midwest rural setting. Findings indicated that there were no differences between first-born and later-born children in the accuracy of their perceptions. The importance of values for mothers and adolescents was significantly positively correlated for: (1) being obedient, dutiful, and respectful; (2) being forgiving of others; and (3) being happy and content. No values importance statements were correlated for fathers and adolescents, suggesting that adolescents were more closely aligned with their mothers. There was a much greater ability for adolescents to perceive mother values importance than father values importance. Adolescents were most closely aligned with mothers in instrumental values importance and also in their ability to perceive mothers' instrumental values importance. (Contains three tables to support research data.) (KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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