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Pathways of influence: Marital relationships and their association with parenting styles and sibling relationship quality

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Yu, JJ and Gamble, WC, Pathways of influence: Marital relationships and their association with parenting styles and sibling relationship quality, Journal of Child and Family Studies, (17) pp. 757-778. ISSN 1062-1024 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1007/s10826-008-9188-z

Abstract

We investigated the associations among marital relationship quality, mothers' parenting styles, and young children's sibling relationship quality drawing on the principles of family systems theory. Survey data were collected from 130 mothers who had a target child (mean age = 4.6 years) with a sibling close in age. The sample consisted of participants who self-identified as Mexican-American (49%), European-American (20%), and Taiwanese in Taiwan (24%). Structural equation modeling was used to test the direct and indirect effects of marital relationships on children's sibling relationship quality through parenting styles and the reciprocal association between sibling relationship quality and parenting styles. The findings revealed evidence of a direct effect of marital relationships on sibling relationship quality and bidirectional relations between sibling relationships and parenting styles. The importance of research on bidirectional associations between sibling relations and parenting styles is discussed. © 2008 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Research Group:Psychology
Research Field:Developmental Psychology and Ageing
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Community Service (excl. Work)
Objective Field:Families and Family Services
Author:Yu, JJ (Dr JJ Yu)
ID Code:84479
Year Published:2008
Web of Science® Times Cited:20
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2013-05-15
Last Modified:2015-02-04
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