Young children's perceptions of their relationships with family members: Links with family setting, friendships, and adjustment

Citation
W. Sturgess et al., Young children's perceptions of their relationships with family members: Links with family setting, friendships, and adjustment, INT J BEHAV, 25(6), 2001, pp. 521-529
Citations number
44
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Psycology
Journal title
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL DEVELOPMENT
ISSN journal
0165-0254 → ACNP
Volume
25
Issue
6
Year of publication
2001
Pages
521 - 529
Database
ISI
SICI code
0165-0254(200111)25:6<521:YCPOTR>2.0.ZU;2-1
Abstract
A total of 258 children aged 4-7 years, from 192 families of diverse struct ure (stepfather, single parent, stepmother/complex stepfamilies, and nonste p families), participated in this study of young children's perceptions of their family relationships. Children completed a Four Field Map, in which t hey placed their family members and friends in a series of concentric circl es representing the closeness of the relationship. Biological relatedness a nd family type affected the placement of fathers, but not mothers or siblin gs; children in stepfather families were more likely to place their stepfat hers as "not close''. Links were found between the quality of child-mother and child-sibling relationships and the closeness of children's friendships . Children's externalising problems were related to their perceptions of th eir relationships with fathers and their prosocial behaviour to their close ness with both fathers and mothers.