Transmission of Political Attitudes from Parents to Teenagers in Rural Uganda

Research Method

Descriptive inference using multi-level Bayesian modeling.




Donald Green, Susanne Baltes, Anna Wilke


Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA Uganda), Peripheral Vision International (PVI)

Research Question

To what extent are political norms transferred from parents to teens and vice versa?


Although research on intergenerational transmission of attitudes has contributed greatly to the understanding of political behavior in the United States, few sutdies have been conducted elsewhere and none in Africa. We conducted a probability survey of 110 rural trading centers in Uganda, interviewing teenagers, one of their parents, and randomly selected adults in the community. Respondents were interviewed on a wide array of tipics that included national identity, gender roles, tradition versus modernity, economic expectations, policy priorities, and the appropriate scope of government. Two waves of interviews and multiple measures of each attitude allow us to guage the stability and reliability of the survey responses. Our analysis uses multi-level modeling to investigate the conditions under which teenager attitudes reflect the attitudes of parents and the attitudes of others in the community.