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|Title:||"Do as I say...": Parental expectancies for responding to sibling conflict|
|Author(s):||Baron, Lisa Ann|
|Doctoral Committee Chair(s):||Kramer, Laurie|
|Department / Program:||Human and Community Development|
|Discipline:||Human Resources and Family Studies|
|Degree Granting Institution:||University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign|
Sociology, Individual and Family Studies
|Abstract:||One of the most difficult tasks that parents face is deciding how to respond to their children's conflicts. Very little is known about the factors that guide parents' selection of conflict management strategies. A conceptual model was proposed to guide the present study whereby parents' beliefs about sibling conflict and parents' perceptions of their children's sibling relationship quality were presumed to be related to parents' responses to their children's sibling relationship quality.
Eighty-eight two-parent, two-child families in which the younger child was 2.5-5 years old and the firstborn child 2 to 4 years older were seen in their homes on three occasions. An innovative methodology using wireless microphone technology was used to capture siblings' naturally-occurring interaction and parents' responses to any sibling conflicts. In addition, mothers and fathers completed a number of self-report measures pertaining to their expectations for sibling conflict and their perceptions of their children' s sibling relationship quality.
Parents' self-reports of their beliefs indicated that they viewed Child-centered strategies and Authoritarian strategies are significantly more effective than Passive Non-intervention for resolving their children's conflicts. However, an examination of the behavioral observation data revealed that parents actually used Passive Non-intervention significantly more often than any other type of conflict management strategy. Logistic regression analyses revealed significant main effects for parental beliefs about sibling conflict and parental perceptions of sibling relationship quality in the prediction of parental responses to sibling conflict. The predicted interaction terms did not emerge as significant predictors of parental responses to sibling conflict, suggesting that the components of parental belief systems made relatively independent contributions to the prediction of parental behavior. In addition, components of parental belief systems and parental behavior differed in accordance with the age of the sibling dyad.
|Rights Information:||Copyright 1996 Baron, Lisa Ann|
|Date Available in IDEALS:||2011-05-07|
|Identifier in Online Catalog:||AAI9702456|
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