Department of Social Research Methodology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, De Boelelaan 1081, 1081 HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Timing Preferences for Women’s Family-Life Transitions: Intergenerational Transmission Among Migrants and Dutch
Article first published online: 29 JAN 2007
Journal of Marriage and Family
Volume 69, Issue 1, pages 190–206, February 2007
How to Cite
De Valk, H. A. G. and Liefbroer, A. C. (2007), Timing Preferences for Women’s Family-Life Transitions: Intergenerational Transmission Among Migrants and Dutch. Journal of Marriage and Family, 69: 190–206. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2006.00353.x
- Issue published online: 29 JAN 2007
- Article first published online: 29 JAN 2007
- age norms;
- intergenerational transmission;
- life course;
This study examines the transmission of preferences regarding the timing of family-life transitions of women among migrant and native Dutch families. We study how and to what extent parental preferences, migrant origin, and family characteristics affect the child’s timing preferences. We use parent and child data (N= 1,290) from the Netherlands Kinship Panel Study (2002, 2003) and the Social Position and Provisions Ethnic Minorities Survey (2002). Regression analyses reveal that parental timing preferences regarding family-life transitions are strongly associated with the timing preferences of their children. Analyses also show that these preferences strongly vary by migrant origin, educational level, and religious involvement. The process of intergenerational transmission, however, is found to be very similar among migrants and Dutch.