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Kozlova I.E. Peculiarities of sibling relationships in two-child families

Full text in Russian: Козлова И.Е. Особенности сиблинговых отношений в двухдетных семьях
Psychological Institute, Russian Academy of Education, Moscow, Russia

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Peculiarities of relationships in sibling pair were studied. 160 full families with two children of adolescent age were included. Family relationships diagnostic techniques and personality inventories were used. Elder children were shown to be more predisposed to conflict dominant behavior towards their siblings than younger ones. Antagonism in sibling pair was related to low levels of parents’ acceptance and emotional closeness between parents and children.

Keywords: siblings, sibling relationships, parent-child relationships, personality traits


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Received 18 June 2010. Date of publication: 2 September 2010.

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Kozlova Irina E. M.Sci., Psychological Institute, Russian Academy of Education, ul. Mokhovaya, 9, str. 4, 125009 Moscow, Russia.
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Kozlova, I. E. (2010). Peculiarities of sibling relationships in two-child families. Psikhologicheskie Issledovaniya, 4(12). Retrieved from 0421000116/0039. [in Russian, abstr. in English].

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Kozlova I.E. Peculiarities of sibling relationships in two-child families [Electronic resource] // Psikhologicheskie Issledovaniya. 2010. N 4(12). URL: (date of access: 0421000116/0039. [in Russian, abstr. in English]

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