Does the apple fall far from the tree?: Parenting processes across multiple generations


It is widely believed that parenting practices are transmitted from parents to children. In recent years, a small body of studies utilizing data over multiple generations demonstrated that parenting practices show some degree of concordance across generations. These studies involve two or more generations of participants who are observed over time, and are preferred over retrospective studies because recall and informant bias are avoided.

In this project we study intergenerational transmission of parenting practices. In addition, we study which factors explain why some parents are more like their own parents than others. We particularly focus on moderators in transmission processes: why are parenting practices not always transmitted from one generation to the next?


This research is funded by the Consortium of Individual Development.