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ERIC Number: EJ768684
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug
Pages: 15
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 61
ISSN: ISSN-0022-2445
Parent-Child Value Similarity: The Role of Zeitgeist
Boehnke, Klaus; Hadjar, Andreas; Baier, Dirk
Journal of Marriage and Family, v69 n3 p778-792 Aug 2007
Reporting a study of German 2-child families, the article focuses on a neglected issue in value transmission studies: contemporaneous societal context. Parent-child value similarity depends not only on family characteristics but also on zeitgeist, the modal value climate of a society. To evaluate the role of zeitgeist in value transmission, differences in parent-child value similarity between families agreeing and disagreeing with the zeitgeist are studied, focusing on a core value of modern societies: hierarchic self-interest. Results show a weak general zeitgeist effect. A family's relative position vis-a-vis the societal value climate, however, is shown to strongly influence intergenerational similarity in hierarchic self-interest, families distant from the zeitgeist showing a much higher intergenerational value similarity than families close to the zeitgeist.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Germany