I am currently analyzing my research results for my thesis. I have some problems with determining the correct test.

Just a small sketch:

My research is about family businesses where, for example, I investigate whether there is a difference in family values between two generations (generation x & Millennials). The scores are assigned on a likert scale (so scale variable).

I think that I am dealing with independent samples here. Is this correct? I have already seen other theses with a similar case, but are they referred to as dependent samples?

Can someone give me a little more explanation about this?

Thanks in advance!