Adolescents' value of children and their intentions to have children: A cross-cultural and multilevel analysis

Mayer, Boris; Trommsdorff, Gisela (2010). Adolescents' value of children and their intentions to have children: A cross-cultural and multilevel analysis. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 41(5-6), pp. 671-689. Sage 10.1177/0022022110372195

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This study contributes to research regarding the value of children (VOC) by comparing adolescents' VOC and their intentions to have children across 12 cultures and by exploring the relations between these constructs at the individual and cultural levels using multilevel modeling. A total of 3,348 adolescents from 12 cultures participated in this study. On average, adolescents reported that they intended to have about two children and also reported emotional VOC as being highly important. Adolescents from cultures with a low as compared to a high level of economic development reported a higher importance of the utilitarian-normative VOC. Results of the multilevel analyses showed that the reported emotional VOC was positively related to the number of children adolescents intended to have at the individual level, whereas the utilitarian-normative VOC was not related to adolescents' intention to have children. At the cultural level, the VOC dimensions were only partly related to adolescents' intention to have children. The results are discussed with regard to adolescents' future family orientation and in relation to the VOC approach.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

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

UniBE Contributor:

Mayer, Boris

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology

ISSN:

0022-0221

Publisher:

Sage

Language:

English

Submitter:

Boris Mayer

Date Deposited:

06 Oct 2014 11:29

Last Modified:

24 Jun 2015 08:13

Publisher DOI:

10.1177/0022022110372195

Web of Science ID:

000281078700004

Uncontrolled Keywords:

value of children, adolescents' fertility intentions, multilevel modeling, cross-cultural study, societies, africa, models

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.48751

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/48751

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