Yudum Akyil is a 2012 graduate of the PhD Program in Marriage and Family Therapy at Antioch University, New England.


intergenerational value transmission, family values, social change, adolescence, parenting, culture, family therapy, Turkish families, Turkey

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This dissertation consists of two articles. The first article presented is a literature review written to identify and review studies of intergenerational value transmission and social change. The main outcomes fell into five subsections (a) culture and values (b) social change and values, (c) continuing and changing values in Turkey, (d) parent-adolescent relationship adaptation to social change, and (e) implication for clinicians working with changing families. Overall, the literature review illustrated the complexity of value transmission process for families in rapidly changing societies and the need for more understanding of those families' experiences for the clinicians. The second article extends current literature and is the first known qualitative study conducted with Turkish parents of adolescents on their experiences of intergenerational value transmission. Parents were interviewed together and data were analyzed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis which revealed six themes: (a)family connectedness, (b)transfer strategies, (c)transformations, (d)a changing world, (e)reflecting on parenting, and (f)between the parents. Findings are discussed in relation to existing literature and the implications for clinicians and researchers