Attitudes toward family planning in late adolescence - Hungarian perspective
Kovács, Ma, Eszter
Institute of Behavioral Sciences, IV. Doctoral School, Behavioral Science Program Semmelweis University Budapest, Hungary
Piko, Bettina F.
Department of Behavioral Sciences University of Szeged Szeged, Hungary
In order to predict the future image of family life we must concentrate on youth´s opinions and values in terms of family formation. Various types of family forms exist today for instance living apart together, common-law-marriage, being single. Children internalize the models at home and young people learn a lot from the peer group or the media. Current research brings the attitudes into focus. What are the considerations of youth about marriage, divorce and cohabitation; what are they going to choose in their own life. Conducting survey (N=551) among high school students we could unravel the main trends. The adolescents overwhelmingly described the traditional values as desirable principle. They feel that there are new trends, but they unambiguously evaluate the traditional forms of family life, they appreciate marriage as future relationship. Furthermore is indicated that there were respondents who do not prefer the marriage as future partnership form rather they support the cohabitation. These attitudes on partnership formation are influenced by numerous crucial factors as sociocultural background, family status of the parents or religiousness and future oriented behavior.