Family-related values and future orientation in adolescence: A German-Russian comparison

Mayer, Boris; Kuramschew, Alexander; Trommsdorff, Gisela (2009). Family-related values and future orientation in adolescence: A German-Russian comparison. Zeitschrift für Soziologie der Erziehung und Sozialisation, 29(1), pp. 29-44. Juventa-Verl.

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This article compares family values and family future orientation between German and Russian adolescents. Based on different cultural values in Germany and Russia a higher family orientation of Russian as compared to German adolescents was assumed. Adolescents from both countries responded to a questionnaire of general and family-related values and family-related future orientation in the framework of the VOC-study. Results showed that for both German and Russian adolescents a future family of one's own is of high importance. The majority of adolescents from both countries (and both genders) reported wanting to get married in the future and to have (preferably two) children. Russian as compared to German adolescents reported a higher importance of traditional family values and child-related values (value of children), as well as a stronger desire to have children. Russian girls were most likely to abandon own career plans for the benefit of a future family. The results are discussed with regard to psychological models of cultural values' and the notion of a regaining strength of traditional family values in the course of social change in Germany and Russia.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)


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

UniBE Contributor:

Mayer, Boris


100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology








Boris Mayer

Date Deposited:

06 Oct 2014 11:32

Last Modified:

24 Jun 2015 08:21

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

adolescents, family values, value of children, future orientation, german-russian comparison




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