The Intergenerational Continuity of Values

A. Bame Nsamenang

in The Oxford Handbook of Culture and Psychology

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780195396430
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

The Intergenerational Continuity of Values


Intergenerational values generate from cultural scripts and family exchange systems, which induce family solidarity that sustains intergenerational transmission and continuity of values. Intergenerational values vary by culture, family form, and individuation into individualistic or interdependent norms, among other values. Across history, family values have changed and are changing in response to micro-familial and macro-societal factors, technological transformations, and globalizing forces. In consequence, family profiles are changing, exemplified by an accentuating visibility of multiple generations of grandchildren and grandparents in households in variable degrees across Minority- and Majority-World countries. Regrettably, intergenerational research hitherto has privileged the Euro-American nuclear family form in a world of diverse family forms. Equity and objectivity in science oblige attention to the intergenerativity of family forms in its global diversity. A learning research position could lead to the discovery of the changing intergenerational phenomena of the Majority World's extended families in context to enrich and extend theory and the knowledge base of intergenerativity. This disposition can prime theoretic innovation and methodological creativity to respect the diversity that exists to be discovered. Since intergenerational phenomena traverse several disciplinary boundaries, it seems plausible to adopt a multidisciplinary research framework.

Keywords: family forms; multigenerational families; social-exchange norms; family solidarity; intergenerational values transmission; intergenerational continuity of values; intergenerational discontinuity of values; multidisciplinary research approach

Article.  11758 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Social Psychology

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