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

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

by Vern L. Bengtson, Timothy J. Biblarz, Robert E. L. Roberts
     
 

ISBN-10: 052180423X

ISBN-13: 9780521804233

Pub. Date: 11/18/2002

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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…  See more details below

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521804233
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/18/2002
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
1Families Generations, and Achievement Orientations of Youth1
2Models and Methods of Intergenerational Influence19
3The Changing Contexts of Family Life39
4Educational and Occupational Aspirations of Youth Across Generations59
5Self-Esteem: Self-Confidence and Self-Deprecation82
6Value Orientations: Youths' Individualism and Materialism Across Generations109
7Continuity and Change in Family Influences Across Generations134
8Why Families Still Matter155
App. AMethods and Procedures of the Longitudinal Study of Generations169
App. BThe Longitudinal Study of Generations Survey Instrument178
References187
Index205

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