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Parenthood and the Attitudes of Young Adults

Citation

Morgan, S. Philip & Waite, Linda J. (1987). Parenthood and the Attitudes of Young Adults. American Sociological Review, 52(4), 541-7.

Abstract

Using data from a recent longitudinal study of a single high school graduating class, we examine the relationship between parenthood and sex role attitudes and aspirations. We find that parents are more traditional than nonparents, partly because parents were more traditional prior to having a child. Controlling on earlier traditional-egalitarian orientations, the transition to parenthood exerts effects that vary by the color and marital status of the respondent. For white married respondents, becoming a parent has a clear and traditionalizing influence. For unwed black women, the opposite effect is observed--parenthood leads to more egalitarian attitudes. We interpret this pattern to reflect costs and benefits of traditional sex roles to different groups under different situations.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/2095299

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

American Sociological Review

Author(s)

Morgan, S. Philip
Waite, Linda J.

Year Published

1987

Volume Number

52

Issue Number

4

Pages

541-7

Reference ID

5612