Family change theory: A preliminary evaluation on the basis of recent cross-cultural studies

Mayer, Boris (2013). Family change theory: A preliminary evaluation on the basis of recent cross-cultural studies. In: Albert, Isabelle; Ferring, Dieter (eds.) Intergenerational relations. European perspectives on family and society (pp. 167-187). Bristol: Policy Press

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Family change theory (Kagitcibasi, 1996, 2007) is an approach which can be used to explain how modernisation and globalisation processes affect the family. The most important assumption of the theory is that when traditional interdependent cultures modernise, they need not necessarily develop in the direction of the independent family model typical of Western individualistic societies. Instead, they may develop towards a family model of emotional interdependence that combines continuing emotional interdependencies in the family with declining material interdependencies and with rising personal autonomy. In this chapter a preliminary evaluation of the empirical status of family change theory is given based on a review of recent cross-cultural studies. It will be shown to what extent the few studies that have been systematically conducted in this respect have found results either supporting or not supporting aspects ofthe theory, and where the strengths and problems of this research lie.

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07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Cognitive Psychology, Perception and Methodology

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Mayer, Boris


100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology




Policy Press




Boris Mayer

Date Deposited:

05 May 2014 10:50

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28 Nov 2020 02:24




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