Strategies for intergenerational transmission of important values : a study of African-American, American Indian, and European-American families

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Sandra H. Walls (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Kay Pasley

Abstract: This study was designed to determine how residential mobility, including the timing of the mobility, affects adolescent outcomes. Using longitudinal data (collected in 1976, 1981, and 1987) from the National Survey of Children, a conceptual model that links residential mobility to the adolescent outcomes of self-efficacy and educational success through the mediating effects of family stress and authoritarian parenting behaviors was tested. The sample included 416 African-American and white parents and their children. Latent variable analysis using LISREL 7 resulted in inconclusive findings. However, results pointed toward possible direct effects of family stress on parental warmth, adolescent self-efficacy, and educational success. Additionally, results suggest a similarity between families who remained in one residence for 10 years and those who moved only during Wave 1. Furthermore, families who experience continuous mobility appear to differ from their more stable counterparts. An important, unintended finding of this research was the low reliabilities of scales constructed from items with excellent face validity.

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Language: English
Date: 1995
Values $z United States $v Cross-cultural studies
Intergenerational relations $z United States $v Cross-cultural studies

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