Amy J. Rauer, RAND Corporation; Brenda L. Volling, Department of Psychology, University of Michigan.
Differential parenting and sibling jealousy: Developmental correlates of young adults’ romantic relationships
Article first published online: 21 NOV 2007
Volume 14, Issue 4, pages 495–511, December 2007
How to Cite
RAUER, A. J. and VOLLING, B. L. (2007), Differential parenting and sibling jealousy: Developmental correlates of young adults’ romantic relationships. Personal Relationships, 14: 495–511. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-6811.2007.00168.x
This Child Health and Human Development paper was written while the first author was supported by a predoctoral fellowship from the National Institute of Development (NICHD) Developmental Training Grant awarded to the University of Michigan (T32 HD007109). The second author was supported by an Independent Scientist Award (K02 HD047423) from NICHD. The authors wish to thank Justin Jager and Laura Klem for their invaluable assistance with statistical analyses. Portions of this work were presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research on Child Development (Atlanta, April 2005).
- Issue published online: 21 NOV 2007
- Article first published online: 21 NOV 2007
Data from a survey of 200 young adults assessed whether the early nonshared environment, specifically parental differential treatment, was associated with romantic relationship distress through its effects on sibling jealousy, attachment styles, and self-esteem. Individuals who received equal affection from their parents in comparison to their sibling reported equal jealousy between themselves and their sibling, had higher self-esteem, more secure attachment styles, and less romantic relationship distress. Receiving differential parental affection, regardless of whether the participant or their sibling was favored, was associated with more negative models of self and others, which in turn were associated with greater romantic relationship distress. Results indicate that early within-family experiences may be particularly relevant for later healthy romantic relationship functioning.