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How Families Still Matter: A Longitudinal Study of Youth in Two Generations

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How Families Still Matter casts doubt on much conventional wisdom about family decline during the last decades of the twentieth century. The authors draw from one of the longest-running longitudinal studies of families in the world - the Longitudinal Study of Generations, conducted at the University of Southern California - to discover whether parents are really less critical in shaping the life orientations and achievements of youth than they were a generation ago. Using survey data collected from as early as 1971, they compare the influence of parents (on self-confidence, values, and levels of achievement) on the Baby Boomer generation with that of Baby Boomer parents on their own Generation X children. The findings will be surprising to many readers.
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"...well-written and accessible to a wide readership. It contributes to the literature on welfare policies, gender and caregiving, and comparative welfare regimes. The volume is a great resource for welfare scholars and policy makers, as well as for activists for gender equality." Journal of Marriage and Family

"[W]hat these researchers explored and some of the conclusions they reported can only be described as courageous. Many of their findings go against the prevailing sociologic tide..." Metapsychology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521009546
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 215
  • Sales rank: 1,003,915
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
1 Families Generations, and Achievement Orientations of Youth 1
2 Models and Methods of Intergenerational Influence 19
3 The Changing Contexts of Family Life 39
4 Educational and Occupational Aspirations of Youth Across Generations 59
5 Self-Esteem: Self-Confidence and Self-Deprecation 82
6 Value Orientations: Youths' Individualism and Materialism Across Generations 109
7 Continuity and Change in Family Influences Across Generations 134
8 Why Families Still Matter 155
App. A Methods and Procedures of the Longitudinal Study of Generations 169
App. B The Longitudinal Study of Generations Survey Instrument 178
References 187
Index 205
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