Change in maternal perception of sibling negativity: Within- and between-family influences

J M Jenkins, J Dunn, T G O'Connor, J Rasbash, P Behnke

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Change in maternal report of sibling negativity was investigated in 313 sibling dyads from 171 families taking part in a longitudinal, general population survey in the United Kingdom. The inclusion of multiple dyads per family allowed for the emergence of 3 novel elements for sibling research: an examination of within-family similarity on sibling relationship quality, modeling within-family similarity as a function of the shared environment and the differentiation of family-wide and dyad-specific predictors. Moderate similarity on sibling negativity was found across different sibling dyads and similarity was higher in 2 versus lone-parent families. Maternal negativity, genetic relatedness, age of the oldest child in the dyad, and the interaction between lone-parent status and maternal differential treatment were found to predict change in sibling negativity
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)533 - 541
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Family Psychology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2005


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