Parental influence on gender and marital role attitudes: implications for intervention. Academic Article uri icon


  • This study examined parental influence on specific attitudes toward marital and parental roles and nonspecific gender-role attitudes. Respondents included 173 young adults (127 women and 46 men) and their parents. Young adults' scores on the Role Orientation scale of the Marital Satisfaction Inventory and on masculinity and femininity scales from two self-report inventories (the MMPI-2 and the Personal Attributes Questionnaire) were correlated with their parents' scores on a subset of these same measures. Results indicated that (a) marital and parental role attitudes among young adults are strongly related to specific marital role attitudes of their parents but only modestly related (for women) or unrelated (for men) to nonspecific gender-role attitudes of their parents; (b) broader gender-role attitudes of young men are moderately correlated with their father's attitudes but generally uncorrelated with their mother's attitudes regarding gender roles; and (c) the relationship of young women's gender-role attitudes to both maternal and paternal attitudes is generally weaker and more complex than for young men. Clinical implications of these findings for assessment and intervention with distressed couples are discussed.

published proceedings

  • J Marital Fam Ther

author list (cited authors)

  • Snyder, D. K., Velasquez, J. M., Clark, B. L., & Means-Christensen, A. J.

citation count

  • 14

complete list of authors

  • Snyder, DK||Velasquez, JM||Clark, BL||Means-Christensen, AJ

publication date

  • April 1997