ERIC Number: ED400985
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Personality and Sibling Relationships.
Furman, Wyndol; Lanthier, Richard P.
Advances in Applied Developmental Psychology, v10 p127-146 1996
This study examined the role personality variables play in sibling relationships. It proposed that the characteristics of sibling relationships are influenced by: family constellation variables such as birth order, gender, and age spacing; parent-child relationships including quality of relationship and parent management of siblings; and the cognitive, social, and personality characteristics of the children. The study participants were 56 triads of mothers with two school-age children. The focus was on the role individual characteristics play in sibling relationships, specifically on the dimensions of warmth, conflict, relative power, and competition for parental attention. The dimensions were evaluated via the Five-Factor Model, which contained personality variables of extroversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism, and openness to experience. The study found evidence of links between sibling relationships and temperamental or personality characteristics. It found that personality traits were more often associated with conflict than with warmth and that older children's characteristics were more strongly associated with the distribution of power in the relationship. It also found that of the different personality variables, conscientiousness was most often associated with the relationship dimension, with agreeableness as the second most consistent predictor. (Contains 69 references.) (SD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
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