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Parental Influences on Children’s Values and Aspirations: Bridging Two Theories of Social Class and Socialization

Citation

Hitlin, Steven (2006). Parental Influences on Children's Values and Aspirations: Bridging Two Theories of Social Class and Socialization. Sociological Perspectives, 49(1), 25-46.

Abstract

The author establishes a framework for tying together two influential approaches linking family socioeconomic status (SES) to children's social psychological outcomes. Families shape children's occupational aspirations and values; however, these two phenomena have been studied in isolation. This article bridges these two literatures by suggesting that occupational aspirations stem, in part, from adolescents' value structures. The framework employs a wider range of values than previously studied so as to get a broader understanding of this relationship. This analysis finds qualified support for both the SES-values and the SES-aspirations literatures, and illustrates the potential of values as an additional explanatory mechanism for understanding family influences on adolescents' orientations during their transition to adulthood.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/sop.2006.49.1.25

Reference Type

Journal Article

Year Published

2006

Journal Title

Sociological Perspectives

Author(s)

Hitlin, Steven