European Journal of Population / Revue européenne de Démographie

, Volume 19, Issue 2, pp 199–221

Estimating the Reciprocal Effect of Gender Role Attitudes and Family Formation: A Log-linear Path Model with Latent Variables

  • Guy Moors

DOI: 10.1023/A:1023347023126

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Moors, G. European Journal of Population (2003) 19: 199. doi:10.1023/A:1023347023126


Gender role attitudes andfamily formation are related in a dynamicprocess. In this paper both substantive as wellas methodological issues are raised. At thesubstantive level we demonstrate that attitudesinfluence family formation in terms ofcommitment to particular states. Emancipatorygender roles increase the likelihood of singleliving or cohabitation. Remaining in thatparticular situation for at least two yearsimplies that these women further develop theiremancipatory attitudes. `Traditional' forms offamily living, such as being married or being amother, are related to traditional familyvalues. At the methodological level, it isobvious that only panel data allow broachingthe issue. We propose a log-linear path modelwith latent variables that allows takingmeasurement error into account. The designitself resembles a non-equivalent control groupdesign.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Guy Moors
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  1. 1.Department of Research Methods and Techniques, Faculty of the Social and Behavioural SciencesTilburg UniversityTilburgThe Netherlands