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Having children can make you more conservative, research finds | Parents and upbringing

Like gray hair and unexpected pains, becoming more conservative often considered a by-product of age. But now it looks like it might be rooted in different cause: Availability children.

Researchers found what people who I have not children usually more socially liberal than parents and that having children helps explain why people tend to become more right wing with age.

“There is an idea that as you get older, you become more conservative from experience and from a bite real world,” said Dr. Nick Kelly, co-author of in research from the University of Pennsylvania.

“But that doesn’t seem to be the case. If you look at people who not parents just I don’t see the age difference.

Research potentially offers a fresh perspective on in decline in fertility in a lot of countries. “I think that this could contribute to the liberalization in those countries”, Kelly said, adding that countries that a ban on abortion experience push in opposite direction.

Writing in Proceedings of Royal Society B, Kelly and colleagues report how in one experiment, 376 university students in The US is divided into two groups.

One group images were shown of household items and asked to talk about how they could use one and the other group images were shown of children and asked me to think possible Names and positive interactions. Both groups then completed the survey on views on problems such as abortion and traditional wedding.

team found what participants who imaginary time with baby gave more socially conservative answers than those who thoughts about everyday objects, although this concerned only for those who are active in in imagination an exercise.

When team surveyed 2,610 adults in 10 countries from Lebanon to Japan, they found what people who we more motivated to care for children usually, more socially conservative. Besides, parents we more socially conservative than those who were childless.

And while social conservatism intensified with age, this connection disappeared as soon as paternity was taken into account.

team’s conclusions were backed up up by analysis of World Values ​​Survey data collected over 40-year period and with the participation of 426 444 participants in 88 countrieswhat additionally offered more children parents had more socially conservative they tended to be.

However, in a few countries, including India and Pakistan, paternity has not been linked to more conservative relationship – the discovery, according to Kelly, showed that the presence of children is just one factor that may affect social values.

Professor Paul Higgs, of University College London warned that the study reduces political orientation to one specific set of personal experience, just like a trope of older age driving more and more conservative values ​​are done. It also does not take into account the change nature of later life or consider how social conservatism can be affected changes in society or in social roles.

He also noted that while the welfare state in Great Britain supported people have children matched with a more liberal and equal society, and not vice versa.

Dr. Diana Burlacu, of Newcastle University welcomed the study, but added It was hard tell paternity made people more conservative or conservative people we more probably decide to become parents.

She is also noted that the study did not find that parents are more economically conservative. “We find that parents change their economic preferences and more in service of government expenses, she said. of her own research although she noted them support of Services like kindergarten only lasted as long as they did use of them.

Kelly said while there was wealth of research on upbringing and effect on children, there have been far fewer impact studies of paternity itself.

“I think so research like it demonstrates that when your motives, your goals, your priorities change, it affects your broader values,” he said.

“Understanding this is important in realizing that perhaps people do not you agree with a little not just stupid and evil … those people could be formed just their position in life and what are their motives and goals.

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