The relationship between parents' attitudes and employment choices and young adults' work and family plans

Sharon Elizabeth DeVinney, Purdue University


College students and their parents were surveyed to test a theoretical model of the relationships between parents' work and family related attitudes and choices, and students' work and family attitudes and plans. Results showed that mothers' and daughters' attitudes were significantly related, while sons' attitudes correlated with both parents' attitudes. The choices that parents had made were related to childrens' attitudes, but not to childrens' plans. The traditionalism of children's work and family plans was significantly predicted by their attitudes, especially for females. Parents from one-job, dual-earner and dual-career families showed significant differences in their responses on almost all measures, while students from these groups had similar responses. Although the results of this study were not entirely consistent with the theoretical model, they will be helpful in future research addressing the processes by which parents' employment related choices and attitudes affect children.




Merritt, Purdue University.

Subject Area

Psychotherapy|Families & family life|Personal relationships|Sociology|Womens studies

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