ERIC Number: EJ943214
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jun
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Parental Morality and Family Processes as Predictors of Adolescent Morality
White, Fiona A.; Matawie, Kenan M.
Journal of Child and Family Studies, v13 n2 p219-233 Jun 2004
This study investigated the extent to which parents' moral thought and family processes are involved in the socialization of adolescent moral thought. Olson et al's (1992) Circumplex Model and White's (2000) Family Socialization Model provided the conceptual framework for predicting that families high in cohesion, adaptability and communication would facilitate the transmission of moral values between parents and adolescents more effectively than families low in these family processes. Results involving 218 adolescent-parent dyads revealed that perceived family cohesion and communication moderated the father-adolescent moral thought relationship; that several facets of both parents' morality significantly predicted adolescents' morality; and that all three family processes significantly predicted certain aspects of adolescent morality. Therefore the extent to which parents' socialize adolescent moral values will vary according to each parent's moral view, the strength of family processes and the content of moral thought being transmitted.
Descriptors: Socialization, Adolescents, Moral Values, Parent Child Relationship, Models, Prediction, Family Relationship, Fathers
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