Parental influence on subjective child well-being in Hungary

Róbert, Péter ORCID:, Geszler, Nikolett and Nagy, Beáta ORCID: (2022) Parental influence on subjective child well-being in Hungary. Intersections. East European Journal of Society and Politics, 8 (2). pp. 156-174. DOI

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The paper extends the scope of social mobility research to family processes and family cohesion. The analysis aims to detect how various objective and subjective parental features influence subjective well-being (SWB) of adolescents in a dataset of 852 Hungarian families with 12–16-year-old children. SWB was operationalized by 14 comparable items on satisfaction with different domains of life, for both generations. The dependent variable is an aggregate SWB index, based on adolescents’ evaluations and OLS regression method is applied to uncover the association between parental well-being and children’s satisfaction. For a better understanding of this intergenerational process, we also control for parental education and material situation. The statistical model reflects gender, age and regional variation, as well. Results reveal a strong relationship between children’s and parents’ subjective well-being. Parental satisfaction with life and family- and work relations particularly affect offspring’s aggregate well-being. Material situation in the family matters more than parental education in the whole process. There is more variation in the results by the age of the adolescents than by gender. Findings reflect the importance of familial aspects and call attention to the relevance of soft, less intentional forms of status transmission.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:social mobility, subjective well-being, satisfaction, intergenerational inheritance, family relations
Divisions:Institute of Social and Political Sciences
ID Code:7834
Deposited By: MTMT SWORD
Deposited On:09 Jan 2023 10:21
Last Modified:09 Jan 2023 10:21

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