Social positions and value orientations - Results of the European Social Survey - Belgium 2002

David De Wachter

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During the last decades of the 20th century new patterns of family formation emerged in Europe. Marriage lost its predominant position while alternative living arrangements like unmarried cohabitation gained in popularity. The theory of the second demographic transition explains this transformation in terms of important socio-economic and cultural changes. In this study we investigate whether the choice for a particular living arrangement in Belgium is linked with differences in value orientations. Use is made of the first round of the European Social Survey. The results indicate that people who are living in more alternative living arrangements are characterised by more non-conformist attitudes with respect to politics and institutions, carry a more secular moral, and hold on to less traditional ways of life. These findings are in line with the expectations of the second demographic transition theory where the importance of individual autonomy and post-materialistic attitudes is stressed.
Original languageEnglish
JournalDigitale bibliotheek van studies, rapporten, artikelen, eindverhandelingen en doctoraatsverhandelingen
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2005


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