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Balance in Family Triads: How Intergenerational Relationships Affect the Adult Sibling Relationship

de Bel, V., Kalmijn, M. & van Duijn, M. A. J., Dec-2019, In : Journal of Family Issues. 40, 18, p. 2707-2727 21 p., UNSP 0192513X19860181.

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In order to understand the interdependency between intergenerational and adult sibling relationships, a family systems perspective is applied to identify a smaller?empirically analyzable?relational unit of analysis, that is, the sibling?parent?sibling triad. Using balance theory, triadic configurations are derived that represent enhancement, compensation, and loyalty conflicts. The hypotheses are tested for three relational dimensions: support exchange, contact, and conflict. Multilevel analyses of 549 sibling?parent?sibling triads from the Netherlands Kinship Panel data show strong evidence for enhancement, whereas some indication was obtained for sibling relationships being affected by loyalty conflicts. The results underscore and substantiate interdependency between intergenerational and adult sibling relationships.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberUNSP 0192513X19860181
Pages (from-to)2707-2727
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Family Issues
Volume40
Issue number18
Early online date11-Jul-2019
Publication statusPublished - Dec-2019

    Keywords

  • PARENT-CHILD RELATIONSHIPS, STRUCTURAL BALANCE, DIVORCE, SUPPORT, SOLIDARITY, CONSEQUENCES, AMBIVALENCE, CONFLICT, NETWORKS, CONTACT

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