The Effects of Social Class on Parental Values and Practices

  • Melvin L. Kohn
  • Norman A. Scotch
  • Ira D. Glick


My thesis is straightforward and relatively simple: that there are substantial differences in how parents of differing social-class position raise their children; that these differences in parental practices result chiefly from class differences in parents’ values for their children; and that such class differences in parental values result in large measure from differences in the conditions of life experienced by parents at different social-class levels. This essay attempts to spell out this thesis more concretely and explicitly.1 Without getting into technical aspects of methodology, it also attempts to give some idea of the type of empirical evidence on which the generalizations are based.


Social Class Occupational Condition American Sociological Review Substantive Complexity Class Difference 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Melvin L. Kohn
    • 1
  • Norman A. Scotch
    • 2
  • Ira D. Glick
    • 3
  1. 1.National Institute of Mental HealthBethesdaUSA
  2. 2.Boston University School of MedicineBostonUSA
  3. 3.Payne Whitney ClinicCornell University and New York Hospital Medical CenterNew YorkUSA

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