Parent-child value similarity and subjective well-being in the context of migration: An exploration

A. Hadjar, K. Boehnke*, A. Knafo, E. Daniel, A. L. Musiol, D. Schiefer, A. Möllering

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Intergenerational value similarity has a different meaning for migrants and minorities compared to the majority society. Whereas high parent-child value similarity among majority families more likely indicates successful internalization of societal values, high intergenerational similarity among migrants may indicate a lack of social integration into the host society. The present paper links parent-adolescent value similarity among migrant/minority and majority families to subjective well-being in two societies, Germany and Israel (Total N = 977 families). Analyses assess intergenerational similarity on all values from the Schwartz value circumplex. Among majority groups intergenerational value similarity is a predictor of life satisfaction. In minority groups it is more so a low distance of a family's value preferences to the modal values of the majority group that predicts life satisfaction - but only in Israel.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)55-63
Number of pages9
JournalFamily Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2012


  • Germany
  • Israel
  • intergenerational value similarity
  • mainstream values
  • migrants


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