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The influence of selected variables on the attitudes of Canadian adolescents towards marriage and family life Cyrull, F. Jean


The purposes were to investigate the attitudes of Canadian adolescents toward marriage and family life and to determine how these are influenced by family structure, perception of family conflict, gender and age and to investigate the influence of family structure on adolescent self-esteem. Seven hundred and ninety-two students ages 13-19 in a Western Canadian high school responded to the questionnaire. Multivariate and Univariate analyses reveal that family structure and perception of family conflict have a greater influence on adolescent attitudes towards marriage and family life than age and gender. Length of time living in are married family did not appear to influence adolescent attitudes. The remarried family structure most negatively affected adolescent attitudes. Older males in the remarried family appeared to have higher self-esteem than subjects in other family structures.

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