Academy of Finland
Funding decision
Name Keltikangas-Järvinen, Liisa
Organisation HY
Project title Intergenerational transmission of socio-emotional well-being: A multidisciplinary study of offspring development across the lifecourse
Decision No. 265869
Decision date 13.12.2012
Funding period 01.01.2013 - 31.12.2017
Funding 826 213
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Project description
This study examined an intergenerational transmission of social well-being or exclusion, and mechanisms explaining a transmission. The primary targets were a) health risk and health behavior, b) socioeconomic status and c) socioemotional family atmosphere with its wide outcomes. A multidisciplinary approach with 3- generation- design was adopted. Two main results were the overall strength of the transmission, and a paramount importance of childhood circumstances: an increased socioeconomic situation in adulthood could not compensate health risk related to a low childhood socioeconomic situation. Transmission of a socioemotional atmosphere of the family was evident and partly genetically explained. Transmission was mediated by a maturity of a personality: favorable familial circumstances developed mature personalities of offspring while adverse circumstances predisposed to exclusion- related personality factors. The findings are important from the point of view of social policy.