Transmission of and Views About Family Values in an Australian Convenience Sample: A Mixed Methods Study

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Abstract

Family values operate in both immediate (i.e., familial) and broader social contexts. This study used a mixed methods approach to examine both forms of family values in the Australian context. A convenience sample of 856 people completed a measure of family values about both their own values and their perceived values of one of their parents, and a measure of familism. Using a story completion approach, a majority of the sample also responded to three story stems focused on the perceived values held by fictional families. Quantitative findings identified relationships between participant and perceived parent values in terms of gender. Participants reported high levels of familism, predicted by religiosity, age, and being a parent. Qualitative findings suggested that some participants were mindful of discrimination faced by the fictional families, but many participants also provided deficit accounts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)770-790
Number of pages21
JournalJOURNAL OF FAMILY ISSUES
Volume45
Issue number3
Early online date21 Feb 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2024

Keywords

  • Australia
  • familism
  • family values
  • story completion

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