Intersubjective Model of Value Transmission: Parents Using Perceived Norms as Reference When Socializing Children

Kim Pong Tam, Sau Lai Lee, Young Hoon Kim, Yanmei Li, Melody Manchi Chao

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What values do parents want to transmit to children? The intersubjective model of value transmission posits that parents want to transmit not only the values they personally endorse but also the values they perceive to be normatively important in the society. The present research shows support to this premise. Furthermore, Studies 1 and 2 revealed that the use of perceived norms is moderated by families' social contexts and parents' personality: It was particularly pronounced among parents who were immigrants, who had a stronger need for closure, and who were more conforming. In addition, Studies 3 and 4 demonstrated that parents' perceived norms can explain actual value transmission: Values parents perceived to be normatively important were to some extent internalized by children. The intersubjective model paves some new directions for value transmission research, contributes to the understanding of cultural transmission and cultural change, and extends the intersubjective approach to culture.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1041-1052
Number of pages12
JournalPersonality and Social Psychology Bulletin
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Aug

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The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: The work described in this article was substantially supported by a grant from the Research Grants Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China (Project No. HKUST642909).

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  • Social Psychology


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