by cwind2 on April 14, 2014 - 10:48pm
A family of four: the parents happily married, the two children- a son and a daughter- get along so well; maybe even throw a dog in there as the family pet. This is the ideal family, especially in today’s society. However, even a family structured as the above is far from perfect. Family dynamics vary far and wide and however they may seem on the outside, no family is ideal. Not to mention, what could possibly be ideal when half siblings are thrown into the mix. The study takes a look at the interaction between mother and child as well as sibling to sibling in various dynamics as well as changing dynamics. The data was compiled of 236 early adolescent children cases of disruption of parents and entry of new siblings of different paternal descent. Addition of siblings and half siblings increase the conflict within the relationships, with a higher increase coming from the addition of half siblings, however. This all fits the parent- offspring conflict theory of which the study was based, basically explained above.
No family is perfect; this applies especially to my own. I come from a family of five kids with the two oldest being half siblings from my mother’s prior marriage. The oldest has Down’s Syndrome so this study doesn’t quite pertain to her. However, my brother, the next oldest and other half sibling, supports the theory entirely too well. Being seven years my senior, I was able to see him in the prime of his rebellious teenage stage. Without going into detail and revealing personal family affairs, you will just have to take my word that he fit in too well to the model of mother- and sibling- relations. Coming from my own point of view that is.
Schlomer, G. L., Ellis, B. J., & Garber, J. (2010). Mother–Child Conflict and Sibling Relatedness: A Test of Hypotheses From Parent–Offspring Conflict Theory. Journal Of Research On Adolescence (Wiley-Blackwell), 20(2), 287-306. doi:10.1111/j.1532-7795.2010.00641.x