The article provides a meta-analysis of a number of empirical studies of the characteristics of family life attitudes of young people planning to create a family, as well as people with different length of family life. The dynamics of family attitudes of the spouses is considered in connection with their life values and life-meaning orientations. It is shown that men and women who are at different stages of their family life cycle, have different hierarchy of life values and different levels of meaningfulness of life. In addition, the same family values at different stages of family life acquire different personal meanings and are associated with the realization of different life goals.
The study revealed the differences in the vital and family values of young and mature spouses, as well as in their representations of their family structure. It is much more important for young spouses than for mature ones, to have personal self-fulfillment and an interesting saturated life, they mostly expect from their family relations emotional affinity with the spouse, understanding and acceptance combined with the possibility of personal autonomy. Accordingly, they seek to establish a high degree of cohesion in family relationships, combined with the relatively stricter family life rules.