ERIC Number: ED297256
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Competition and Cohesion in Sibling Relations during the Adaptation to Remarriage.
Anderson, Edward R.; North, Alyson M.
One goal of a longitudinal study of stepfamilies, divorced maternal custody families, and nondivorced families was to assess the quality and functioning of the sibling relationship and to determine the conditions under which sibling relationships become more cohesive or more competitive during family transitions. Relationships between the target child, who was between 9 and 13 years of age at the beginning of the 2.5 year study, and a target sibling within 5 years of the target child's age were assessed through interviews with the mother, father, and target child using an expanded version of Schaefer and Edgerton's Sibling Inventory of Behavior, and through behavioral observation of the sibling pair in a play situation, a family problem-solving situation, and at the dinner table. The results revealed that, at least according to family members, boys in remarried families exhibited far more negative behavior and offered much less support to their siblings than any other group. Girls in remarried families did not appear to differ from girls in other family groups, and may have even offered increased support to their siblings over the course of the first year of adjustment to remarriage. Over time, observed interactions of siblings took on a more negative quality for children in remarried families. Some of these changes may have been reflective of developmental change in sibling relations as the children entered adolescence. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association (34th, New Orleans, LA, March 31-April 2, 1988). For related documents, see CG 021 035-037 and CG 021 039.