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Reassessing Parental Socialization: Indicator Unreliability Versus Generational Transfer

Russell J. Dalton
The American Political Science Review
Vol. 74, No. 2 (Jun., 1980), pp. 421-431
DOI: 10.2307/1960637
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1960637
Page Count: 11
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Abstract

This article challenges recent socialization research which concludes that the family's influence is primarily limited to the generational transfer of partisan values. We first present a new conceptual approach for studing parent-child agreement. Then, we apply a multiple indicator methodology (LISREL) to operationalize this approach. Reanalysis of the Jennings and Niemi socialization survey finds quite substantial levels of family agreement in areas besides partisanship. These results argue for greater attention to the significance of family socialization, and to the persistence of political beliefs across generations.

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