Nordic Youth Research Symposium (NYRIS) edition:12 location:Tallin, Estonia date:12-14 June 2013
Political participation is a prerequisite for democracy. Therefore, it is considered advisable to socialize young people with political participation from a young age. One of the most important political socialization agents, especially at a young age, are parents. This study explores the effect of both mothers’ and fathers’ political activity on the intention of their offspring to participate. Using a dataset from 2083 Belgian parent-child triads, we tested the direct and indirect transmission of political participation. We found that although there is a direct transmission of political participation, controlling for political discussion, political interest and socio-economic status, this effect is completely mediated. Therefore, we conclude that the intergenerational transmission is an indirect process, supported by a high socio-economic status, more political interest and more politicized family environment in which politics is clearly seen as something salient.