ERIC Number: EJ1202494
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Abstractor: As Provided
Sibling Experiences in Middle Childhood Predict Sibling Differences in College Graduation
Sun, Xiaoran; McHale, Susan M.; Updegraff, Kimberly A.
Child Development, v90 n1 p25-34 Jan-Feb 2019
To illuminate how within-family differences in achievement may emerge, this study examined sibling experiences in middle childhood as predictors of sibling differences in college graduation. First- and second-borns from 152 families reported on their experiences with siblings and parents at ages 11.80 (SD = 0.56) and 9.22 (SD = 0.90), respectively, and on their educational attainment at about age 26. Significant childhood predictors of sibling differences in college graduation status included low sibling warmth, fathers' differential time spent with siblings, and perceived unfair differential treatment by parents. Findings suggest long-term implications of early sibling dynamics for educational attainment and provided novel insights into families' role in achievement.
Descriptors: Sibling Relationship, Academic Achievement, Predictor Variables, Educational Attainment, Birth Order, Higher Education, Parent Child Relationship, College Graduates, Fathers, Family Role, Adults, Correlation, Comparative Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Sponsor: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) (NIH)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: R01HD32336