Personal values and attitudes towards family, marriage and gender roles - two decades of changes in the Czech Republic and Slovakia
Chromkova Manea, Beatrice
IVRIS Faculty of Social Studies MU Brno Brno, Czech Republic
Department of Sociology Faculty of Social Studies MU Brno Brno, Czech Republic
This paper examines the variations in personal values and attitudes towards the family, children, marriage and gender roles in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The Czech and Slovak societies have been characterized by intensive transformation process since 1989. The political and economic transformation was followed by intensive demographic change (some even talk about the second demographic transition) that was similar in both societies. These changes have been accompanied (some even argue that they have been brought about) by changes in values and attitudes concerning the family, marriage, children and gender roles. Interesting question arises whether in both societies, which since 1993 had been separate and independent states, the demographic change was supported by similar or different values concerning the family, children, marriage and gender roles. To answer it, data from three waves of the European Value Study (EVS) for these two countries will be analyzed. Further analyses will also focus on the possible factors of changes in values and attitudes in these two countries.