Family and Parental Influence on Family Formation Among Taiwanese Young Adults
Judging from the perspective of intergenerational transmission, it is hypothesized that positive parent-child relationship during adolescence is likely to result in positive attitudes toward family formation. But the actual marital and childbearing behavior will depend on other contingencies such as family resources and normative expectation. Specifically, parents with less traditional gender role attitudes and higher educational expectations tend to delay adult children’s age of first marriage and first childbirth. Growing up with more siblings at home and the endorsement of traditional norms may contribute to the timing of family formation. In addition, the association is expected to be stronger for daughters than sons, for working-class families than upper-class families, and weaker for young adults experiencing parental divorce during adolescence. The implication of different timing of family formation in the transition to adulthood in Taiwan will be discussed.