Friday, November 20, 2015

Looking forward to political talk at T-Day din?

A new study finds that more than half of all "children" in the US either "don't get" or reject their parents' political party affiliations.

Time was, sociologists thought like parent like kid. The idea was that parents imposed their values--including political leanings.

The study, which appears in the December American Sociological Review, relies on data from two family-based surveys. You can get the details from the longer version in the Review.

In the two surveys, which looked at mother-child and father-child, more than 50% of children misperceived or rejected the parent's affiliation.

This held through the child's life--adolescence, young adulthood and adulthood.

A lot of discussion of politics in the home made it less likely that the kids not understand their parents' stands, but did not make it less likely that the child would reject those stands.

The conventional wisdom, the researchers said, may need to be updated. Children are not carbon copies of their parents--more's the pity.

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