Title

Opposite-Sex Siblings and Marital Beliefs Among Emerging Adults

Keywords

Opposite-sex siblings · Marital beliefs · Marital Paradigm Theory

Abstract

Data from 428 emerging adults were analyzed to investigate how growing up with at least one opposite-sex sibling related to marital beliefs. Participants were divided into three groups: having an opposite-sex sibling, having only a same–same sibling(s), and having no siblings. Using the belief dimensions and assumptions of Marital Paradigms Theory, results from a MANCOVA indicated a few statistically significant associations regarding opposite-sex siblings. Those with an opposite-sex sibling tended to believe in having shorter ideal engagement periods (marital timing), rated getting married as especially important (marital salience), and were less likely to believe cohabitation was a good preparation for marriage (marital context). Implications for future research are briefly explored.

Original Publication Citation

Hall, S., & Willoughby, B. J. (2018). Opposite-sex siblings and marital beliefs among emerging adults. Journal of Adult Development, 25, 61-67.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2017-10-23

Publisher

Journal of Adult Development

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Family Life

University Standing at Time of Publication

Associate Professor

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