Generational Continuity: Intergenerational Transmission of Social Attitudes
Loesch, Anne E.
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The present study investigated the complex issue of generational continuity and the transmission of social attitudes. Three hundred and fifty-six first-year students at Kalamazoo College and 366 of their parents were surveyed regarding their social attitudes. The hypotheses which related to the continuity and discontinuity between parent and child generations were evaluated according to emotional closeness of the family, gender of the parent and the child, political preferences and religiosity, familial stress, liberalness of each generation, and generational homogeneity. In general, the average correlation between mothers and students (r = .20, p < .05) was less than the correlation between fathers and students (r = .24, p < .05). The findings supported some of the hypotheses pertaining to the similarity of mothers and students, families who have experienced crises, and the liberalness of the students, but the hypotheses concerning the similarity of emotionally close families and the variation intragenerationally were contradicted. Overall, the present research echoed the complexity of previous generational research.