Value Transmission and Psychological Well-Being in Adolescents: A Three-Generational Study of Russians and Ossetians in the Republic of South Ossetia — the State of Alania



Subjective well-being and its predictors are a popular research subject in modern science. Many studies have revealed that intergenerational similarity of values and their transmission contribute to the psychological well-being of adolescents. Our research focuses on the similarities and differences of the relationship between intergenerational value transmission and well-being in Russian and Ossetian adolescents living in the Republic of South Ossetia — the State of Alania. The sample included 645 subjects (109 grandparent-parent-child triads from Russian families and 106 identical triads from Ossetian families). The following techniques were used: the PVQ-R Scale by S. Schwartz, the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale, and the Satisfaction With Life Scale by Diener. The data was processed using Structural Modeling (SEM) in AMOS. The outcomes of the multigroup analysis showed differences in the relationship between intergenerational value transmission and well-being of the Russian and Ossetian adolescents. Also, we have found that older generations (grandparents) play a significant role in transmitting values to the adolescents in families of the Russian ethnic minority.

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Keywords: values, transmission, psychological well-being, generation, adolescents, ethnic minority, Republic of South Ossetia — the State of Alania

Journal rubric: Empirical Research

Article type: scientific article


Funding. This work was prepared within the framework of the Basic Research Program at the National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE) and supported within the framework of a subsidy by the Russian Academic Excellence Project '5-100'.

For citation: Galyapina V.N., Lebedeva N.M. Value Transmission and Psychological Well-Being in Adolescents: A Three-Generational Study of Russians and Ossetians in the Republic of South Ossetia — the State of Alania. Kul'turno-istoricheskaya psikhologiya = Cultural-Historical Psychology, 2019. Vol. 15, no. 2, pp. 43–53. DOI: 10.17759/chp.2019150205. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Victoria N. Galyapina, Doctor of Psychology, Professor of School of Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Chief Researcher at the Center for Sociocultural Research, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Nadezhda M. Lebedeva, Doctor of Psychology, Professor, Director of the Center for Socio-Cultural Research, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Employee of the Institute of Psychology of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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