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

V. de Bel, M. Kalmijn, Marijtje A.J. van Duijn

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Abstract

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
Pages (from-to)2707-2727
JournalJournal of Family Issues
Volume40
Issue number18
Early online date11 Jul 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2019

Keywords

  • adult sibling relationships
  • intergenerational relationships
  • intragenerational relationships
  • Western European families
  • family triads

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