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The developmental antecedents of political preference: Re-examining parental influence

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Parents have often been identified as primary socializing agents, and this is no different for political socialization. However, in the past, the exploration of parental influence has been largely confined to a social learning model of direct transmission, where children passively replicate the political values of their parents. In addition, scholars have focused predominately on the explicitly political content of the parent-child relationship. In this presentation, I advocate analyzing the broader and more subtle aspects of parental influence and parent-child dynamics. To demonstrate, I examine whether nonpolitical parenting behaviors affect a number of different political outcomes. This work supports a more advanced conceptualization and model of “upbringing” in individual political development. The work also provides a basis for a more complex socio-cognitive theory of parental influence in political understanding.

This talk is part of the Social Psychology Seminar Series (SPSS) series.

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