Swipe om te navigeren naar een ander artikel
The online version of this article (https://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-018-01322-3) contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.
Publisher’s note: Springer Nature remains neutral with regard to jurisdictional claims in published maps and institutional affiliations.
Parents’ experiences as siblings have received little attention from family psychologists. This study examined whether Chinese mothers’ sibling status—growing up with or without siblings—played a role in the quality of their children’s sibling relationships. It also tested whether the association between mothers’ sibling status and children’s sibling relationships was moderated by supportive coparenting. The research goal was to provide preliminary evidence relevant to the importance of parents’ sibling experiences on their children’s sibling relationships.
The sample comprised 167 two-child families in Shanghai, China. Mothers (M = 34.5 years old; 55.1% of mothers without siblings) completed questionnaires assessing supportive coparenting and the quality of their children’s sibling relationships.
The results indicated that there were differences in the quality of sibling relationships among children whose mothers grew up with siblings and their counterparts whose mothers grew up without siblings. Specifically, the former had sibling relationships characterized by more positive involvement, but less conflict, rivalry and avoidance than the latter. In addition, supportive coparenting was positively related to positive sibling involvement and—in children of mothers without siblings—negatively related to both sibling conflict and sibling avoidance.
These findings enhance understanding of how mothers’ experiences as siblings may have a role in their children’s sibling relationships.
Log in om toegang te krijgen
Met onderstaand(e) abonnement(en) heeft u direct toegang:
Aiken, L. S., & West, S. G. (1991). Multiple regression: Testing and interpreting interactions. Newbury Park, CA: Sage.
Bedford, V. H., & Volling, B. L. (2004). A dynamic ecological systems perspective on emotion regulation development within the sibling relationship context. In F. Lang & K. Fingerman (Eds.), Growing together: Personal relationships across the lifespan (pp. 76–102). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.
Bronfenbrenner, U. (1979). The ecology of human development: Experiments by nature and design. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
Buist, K. L., Verhoeven, M., Hoksbergen, R., ter Laak, J., Watve, S., & Paranjpe, A. (2016). Associations of perceived sibling and parent-child relationship quality with internalizing and externalizing problems: comparing Indian and Dutch early adolescents. The Journal of Early Adolescence, 37, 1163–1190. CrossRef
Carpenter, E. N. (2014). Romantic relationship conflict management techniques of adult only children and adults with siblings (Unpublished Masters Thesis). Denton, TX: Texas Woman’s University.
Chen, B.-B. (2018). The second child: Family transition and adjustment. Shanghai, China: Shanghai Educational Publishing House.
Chen, B.-B. (in press-a). Chinese adolescents’ sibling conflicts: links with maternal involvement in sibling relationships and coparenting. Journal of Research on Adolescence.
Chen, B.-B. (in press-b). Socialization values of Chinese parents: does parents’ educational level matter? Current Psychology.
Chen, B.-B. (in press-c). The relationship between Chinese mothers’ parenting stress and sibling relationships: A moderated mediation model of maternal warmth and co-parenting. Early Child Development and Care.
Chen, B.-B., & Chang, L. (2012). Are ‘Machiavellian’ Chinese children well-adapted in the peer group? The relationship between resource acquisition strategies and social functioning and status. Asian Journal of Social Psychology, 15, 122–131. CrossRef
Chen, B.-B., Han, W., Wang, Y., Sui, Y., Chen, Z., & Wan, L. (2018). The reaction of firstborn children to a sibling before the birth: The role of the time at which they are told about the mother’s pregnancy and their effortful control. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 36, 158–167. CrossRefPubMed
Chen, B.-B., & Shi, Z. (2017). Parenting in families with two children. Advances in Psychological Science, 25, 1172–1181. CrossRef
Chen, B.-B., Wang, Y., Liang, J., & Tong, L. (2016). And baby makes four: Biological and psychological changes and influential factors of firstborn’s adjustment to transition to siblinghood. Advances in Psychological Science, 24, 863–873. CrossRef
Chen, B.-B., Zhao, Y., Han, W., Wang, Y., Wu, J., Yue, X., & Wu, Y. (2017). Sibling relationships: forms, causes and consequences. Advances in Psychological Science, 25, 2168–2178. CrossRef
Chen, X., Rubin, K. H., & Li, B.-s (1994). Only children and sibling children in urban China: a re-examination. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 17, 413–421. CrossRef
Conger, K. J., & Kramer, L. (2010). Introduction to the special section: perspectives on sibling relationships: advancing child development research. Child Development Perspectives, 4, 69–71. CrossRef
Donato, M. E., & Dillow, M. R. (2017). Conflict management in adult sibling relationships: Differences in interpersonal power, sibling influence, and conflict tactic use among sibling types. Studies in Communication Sciences, 17, 43–56.
Downey, D. B., & Condron, D. J. (2004). Playing well with others in kindergarten: the benefit of siblings at home. Journal of Marriage and Family, 66, 333–350. CrossRef
Dunn, J. (2002). Sibling relationships. In P. K. Smith & C. H. Hart (Eds.), Blackwell handbook of childhood social development (pp. 223–237). Oxford, England: Blackwell Publishing.
Falbo, T., & Polit, D. F. (1986). Quantitative review of the only child literature: Research evidence and theory development. Psychological Bulletin, 100, 176–189. CrossRef
Fong, V. (2004). Only hope: coming of age under China’s one-child policy. Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press.
French, D. C., Rianasari, M., Pidada, S., Nelwan, P., & Buhrmester, D. (2001). Social support of Indonesian and US children and adolescents by family members and friends. Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, 47, 377–394. CrossRef
Geisinger, K. F. (1994). Cross-cultural normative assessment: translation and adaptation issues influencing the normative interpretation of assessment instruments. Psychological Assessment, 6, 304–312. CrossRef
Geronimus, A. T., Korenman, S., & Hillemeier, M. M. (1994). Does young maternal age adversely affect child development? Evidence from cousin comparisons in the United States. Population and Development Review, 20, 585–609. CrossRef
Hayes, A. F. (2013). Introduction to mediation, moderation, and conditional process analysis: a regression-based approach. New York, NY: Guilford Press.
Jambon, M., Madigan, S., Plamondon, A., Daniel, E., & Jenkins, J. M. (2018). The development of empathic concern in siblings: a reciprocal influence model. Child Development, Advance online publication.
Jiao, S., Ji, G., & Jing, Q. (1986). Comparative study of behavioral qualities of only children and sibling children. Child Development, 57, 357–361. CrossRef
Jiao, S., Ji, G., & Jing, Q. (1996). Cognitive development of Chinese urban only children and children with siblings. Child Development, 67, 387–395. CrossRef
Lin, S., Fong, C. J., & Wang, Y. (2017). Chinese undergraduates’ sources of self-efficacy differ by sibling status, achievement, and fear of failure along two pathways. Social Psychology of Education, 20, 361–386. CrossRef
McHale, J. (1995). Coparenting and triadic interactions during infancy: the roles of marital distress and child gender. Developmental Psychology, 31, 985–996. CrossRef
McHale, S. M., Updegraff, K. A., & Whiteman, S. D. (2013). Sibling relationships. In G. P. & K. B. (Eds.), Handbook of marriage and the family (pp. 329–351). Boston, MA: Springer. CrossRef
Mercer, R. T., & Ferketich, S. L. (1995). Experienced and inexperienced mothers’ maternal competence during infancy. Research in Nursing & Health, 18, 333–343. CrossRef
Milevsky, A. (2004). Perceived parental marital satisfaction and divorce. Journal of Divorce & remarriage, 41, 115–128. CrossRef
Nargund, G. (2009). Declining birth rate in developed countries: a radical policy re-think is required. Facts, Views & Vision: Issues in Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Reproductive Health, 1, 191–193.
NHFPC. (2017). A news conference on the universal second-child policy in Janurary, 2017. Retrieved 12 January 2018. http://www.nhfpc.gov.cn.
Schönpflug, U. (2001). Intergenerational transmission of values: the role of transmission belts. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 32, 174–185. CrossRef
Stocker, C., Ahmed, K., & Stall, M. (1997). Marital satisfaction and maternal emotional expressiveness: Links with children’s sibling relationships. Social Development, 6, 373–385. CrossRef
Stright, A. D., & Bales, S. S. (2003). Coparenting quality: contributions of child and parent characteristics. Family Relations, 52, 232–240. CrossRef
Teubert, D., & Pinquart, M. (2010). The association between coparenting and child adjustment: a meta-analysis. Parenting, 10, 286–307. CrossRef
U.S. Census Bureau. (2017). America’s Families and Living Arrangements. Retrieved 10 April 2018. https://www.census.gov.
Wang, F., Gu, B., & Cai, Y. (2016). The end of China’s One-Child Policy. Studies in Family Planning, 47, 83–86. CrossRef
Whiteman, S. D., Becerra, J. M., & Killoren, S. E. (2009). Mechanisms of sibling socialization in normative family development. New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, 126, 29–43. CrossRef
Yucel, D., & Downey, D. B. (2015). When quality trumps quantity: siblings and the development of peer relationships. Child Indicators Research, 8, 845–865. CrossRef
- Chinese Mothers’ Sibling Status, Perceived Supportive Coparenting, and their Children’s Sibling Relationships
- Springer US