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ERIC Number: EJ883412
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1050-8392
Mother-Child Conflict and Sibling Relatedness: A Test of Hypotheses from Parent-Offspring Conflict Theory
Schlomer, Gabriel L.; Ellis, Bruce J.; Garber, Judy
Journal of Research on Adolescence, v20 n2 p287-306 Jun 2010
Parent-offspring conflict theory (POCT) has been underutilized in studies of human family dynamics. An implication of POCT is that the presence of siblings will increase conflict in biological parent-child dyads, and that half siblings will increase that conflict more than full siblings. Evidence consistent with this prediction was found in a longitudinal study of 236 early adolescent children and their mothers. Following parental disruption, the entry of younger maternal half siblings into the home was uniquely associated with elevated conflict between mothers and their biological children, independent of the effects of family size, socioeconomic status, and maternal depression. As predicted by the model, the effect of parental disruption on mother-child conflict was partially mediated by the entry of half siblings (but not stepfathers) into the home.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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