Handbook of Parenting - Vol. 1

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Parenting Siblings
Wyndol Furman
University of Denver
Richard Lanthier
The George Washington University

INTRODUCTION

When a second child is born, family dynamics change, and the joys and responsibilities of parenting undergo dramatic transformations. One no longer has a child, but instead one has children. These children can be quite different from one another. The parenting practices used with one child may need to be modified for the second and subsequent children. The children may differ, and the parents themselves may change as they continue to develop. Therefore it is not surprising to discover that parents treat their latterborn children differently from their firstborn or from an only child. The nature of the relationship that develops between siblings can also influence how parents rear siblings.

Furman (1995) examined the literature on the potential influences that siblings have on parenting and parent–child relationships. Since the time of that review, researchers have continued to conduct research relevant to the issue. In this chapter, we review these studies, as well as the prior ones, and discuss how parenting may be influenced by having siblings. We focus on nontwin siblings, as Lytton with Gallagher (in Vol. 1 of this Handbook) discuss twin relationships extensively. In the first section of this chapter we present a brief history of the field, outlining the central theories, research trends, and major conceptual issues in research on parenting siblings. After this historical analysis, we summarize the empirical literature on four broad topics: how parent–child relationships may vary as a function of family constellation variables, such as birth order and family size; how relationships change with the birth of another child; how the nature of the sibling relationship may be related to parenting; and how consistent parental treatment of two children is. We close by discussing future directions for research in the field.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page *
  • Contents of Volume 1: Children and Parenting vii
  • Preface ix
  • Foreword xiii
  • References xv
  • Foreword xvii
  • Contents of Volume 2: Biology and Ecology of Parenting xxi
  • Contents of Volume 3: Being and Becoming a Parent xxiii
  • Contents of Volume 4: Social Conditions and Applied Parenting xxvii
  • Contents of Volume 5: Practical Issues in Parenting xxix
  • About the Authors in Volume 1 xxxiii
  • Handbook of Parenting *
  • Part I - Parenting Children and Older People 1
  • 1 - Parenting Infants 3
  • References *
  • 2 - Parenting Toddlers 45
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  • 3 - Parenting During Middle Childhood 73
  • References 94
  • 4 - Parenting Adolescents 103
  • References 127
  • 5 - Parent–child Relationships in Adulthood and Later Years 135
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  • Part II - Parenting Children of Varying Status 163
  • 6 - Parenting Siblings 165
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  • 7 - Parenting Girls and Boys 189
  • References 216
  • 8 - Parenting Twins and the Genetics of Parenting 227
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  • 9 - Child Temperament and Parenting 255
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  • 10 - Parenting and Child Development in Adoptive Families 279
  • References 305
  • 11 - Foster Parenting 313
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  • 12 - Parenting Children Born Preterm 329
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  • 13 - Parenting Children with Mental Retardation 355
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  • 14 - Parents of Aggressive and Withdrawn Children 383
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