Winch, Robert F.
June 1946
American Sociological Review;Jun46, Vol. 11 Issue 3, p333
Academic Journal
In attempting to see some structure in the evidence, the researchers found that one of the most interesting interpretive patterns concerns the emergence of types of family organization. The two polar types of middle-class family organization suggested by the data are: Father is regarded as successful. Parents' marriage is seen as happy. The son respects the father and follows his ideas. The mother is not thought to be dominant. The family does not impose on the son obligations for financial or emotional support. The son shows high range and frequency of courtship behavior. In the opposite type the son implicitly reports an unsuccessful father, dominant mother, unhappy parental marriage, prospect of obligations, and the son scores low in "masculinity" and high in "neuroticism." The wish to be married correlates highly with degree of courtship behavior. The most marked differences between them is that the former correlates highly with wish to have children while the latter does not. Those who wish to have children are higher in economic and social status. Age is positively correlated with degree of courtship behavior. It appears, moreover, that the older subjects are emotionally more emancipated from their parents and more critical of their parent's marital happiness.


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