Parenting and Adolescents' Accuracy in Perceiving Parental Values

Ariel Knafo*, Shalom H. Schwartz

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

What determines adolescents' accuracy in perceiving parental values? The current study examined potential predictors including parental value communication, family value agreement, and parenting styles. In the study, 547 Israeli adolescents (aged 16 to 18) of diverse socioeconomic backgrounds participated with their parents. Adolescents reported the values they perceive their parents want them to hold. Parents reported their socialization values. Accuracy in perceiving parents' overall value system correlated positively with parents' actual and perceived value agreement and perceived parental warmth and responsiveness, but negatively with perceived value conflict, indifferent parenting, and autocratic parenting in all gender compositions of parent-child dyads. Other associations varied by dyad type. Findings were similar for predicting accuracy in perceiving two specific values: tradition and hedonism. The article discusses implications for the processes that underlie accurate perception, gender differences, and other potential influences on accuracy in value perception.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)595-611
Number of pages17
JournalChild Development
Volume74
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes

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