Gezinsvorming en processen van waardenselectie en -aanpassing
This paper focuses on the selection & adaptation effects of values in reference to the choices young women make between alternative living arrangements. We go beyond the mere association of value dimensions & living arrangement by using panel data of the 'Familienentwicklung in Nordrhein-Westfalen' study. We argue that values are nonredundant cultural characteristics that influence young people's choices (selection effect of values) & that choices have a recursive effect on values people stress (adaptation effect). The analyses clearly illustrate the complexity of these processes. Traditional family orientation measured prior to the choices people make, affects these choices. Marriage seems to reinforce this traditional orientation. On the other hand, the importance of independence through work & financial security, is reevaluated after union formation, marked by a clear drop in the importance stressed. 3 Tables, 2 Figures, 35 References. Adapted from the source document.