Contacten tussen broers en zussen: Traditionaliteit, homogeniteit en restricties [Contacts between siblings: Traditionalism, homogeneity, and restrictions]
SourceMens en Maatschappij, 79, 4, (2004), pp. 389-410
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Mens en Maatschappij
SubjectInequality, cohesion and modernization; Ongelijkheid, cohesie en modernisering
This paper sets out to study social determinants of contacts between siblings in the Netherlands. Descriptive and explanatory questions are answered with data from the Family Survey Dutch Population 1998 (N=2029). Respondents and one randomly selected sibling have been questioned separately. The results show that the average sibling pair visits each other 21 times annually, and that the variation is large (standard deviation is 30). The variation is expected to be explained by differences in traditional family values, restrictions, and homogeneity. The results show that traditional family values, expressed in schooling, religiosity, and family orientation affect the contact frequency. The conclusions with regard to the time budget are unclear: supportive as well as contradictory results are found. Social homogeneity does not lead to more contact. Interestingly, only income differences lead to less contact.
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