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College of Liberal Arts
Differences in familial relationship qualities have been linked to children's adjustment during middle childhood (Bank, Burraston, & Snyder, 2004). Children with familial relationships characterized by positivity typically have fewer behavior problems than children with more negative familial relationships. However, less is known about how the parent-child and sibling relationships influence children's adjustment concurrently. In the present study, parent-child and sibling interactions were rated on positivity and negativity. Parental ratings of children's adjustment and relationship qualities were also examined. The presence of negativity in the parent-child and sibling relationships predicted poorer adjustment. Sibling negativity predicted additional variance above and beyond parental negativity alone. This highlights the importance of considering how parent-child and sibling relationship qualities together influence children’s overall adjustment.
Pierce, Elyse I., "The Effects of Familial Relationships and Sibling Sex Composition on Behavioral Adjustment in Middle Childhood" (2015). Departmental Honors Projects. 90.
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