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Zur Ähnlichkeit rechtsextremer Verhaltenstendenzen von Studierenden und ihren Eltern

Zeitschrift fuer Familienforschung. 2017. Vol. 29. No. 3. P. 340-354.

The paper poses the question under which circumstances right-wing extremist behavioral tendencies of university students and their parents are likely to be similar. To answer this research question, 147 students, their mothers, and their fathers were surveyed. Unlike in most social research, the focus is on self-reported right-wing extremist everyday behavior (e.g., usage of derogatory language when talking about migrants), not attitudes. The hypothesis is tested that high intergenerational similarity in right-wing extremism requires the frame of a parental ideology that fosters such an orientation: the basis for intergenerational similarity is provided only in those families that have a high level of hierarchic self-interest (HSI, Hagan). In line with findings of socialization research on right-wing extremism, differences in similarities between mothers and fathers, on the one hand, and sons and daughters, on the other hand, are also assumed: Transmission effects should be particularly strong in the fatherson dyad. Both hypotheses are confirmed by the study. The paper concludes with the suggestion that prevention work in the field of right-wing extremism should include family workshops, including, in particular, fathers and sons.