Department of Developmental Psychology, Utrecht University, P.O. Box 80140, 3508 TC Utrecht, The Netherlands.
Disentangling Value Similarities and Transmissions in Established Marriages: A Cross-Lagged Longitudinal Study
Article first published online: 15 NOV 2006
Journal of Marriage and Family
Volume 68, Issue 5, pages 1132–1146, December 2006
How to Cite
Roest, A. M. C., Semon Dubas, J., Gerris, J. R. M. and Engels, R. C. M. E. (2006), Disentangling Value Similarities and Transmissions in Established Marriages: A Cross-Lagged Longitudinal Study. Journal of Marriage and Family, 68: 1132–1146. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2006.00319.x
- Issue published online: 15 NOV 2006
- Article first published online: 15 NOV 2006
- social criticism;
- spousal value similarity;
- spousal value transmission;
- traditional family values
This study examined spousal value similarity and transmission across a 5-year period on four value orientations: traditional family values, self-determination, social criticism, and hedonism. Participants were 685 Dutch couples in established marriages. Structural equation modeling results indicated that spouses were moderately similar on all value orientations. Over time, spousal similarity remained for traditional family values, self-determination, and social criticism and decreased for hedonism. Direct spousal transmission occurred on social criticism and hedonism with wives influencing their husbands. Multiple group analyses revealed that wives’ value transmission to husbands occurred only within couples with similar social positions (in education and religion) and with higher degrees of marital satisfaction. Findings confirm that experiences in one’s family of destination contribute to midlife value development.