Number of Siblings in Childhood, Social Outcomes in Adulthood

Citation

Merry, J. J.; Bobbitt-Zeher, D.; & Downey, D. B. (2020). Number of Siblings in Childhood, Social Outcomes in Adulthood. Journal of Family Issues. pp. 23 , PMCID: PMC9435386

Abstract

In many parts of the world, fertility has declined in important ways in the past century. What are the consequences of this demographic change? Our study expands the empirical basis for understanding the relationship between number of siblings in childhood and social outcomes among adults. An important recent study found that for each additional sibling an individual grows up with, the likelihood of divorce as an adult declines by 3%. We expand this work by (a) determining whether the original pattern replicates in the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health and (b) extending the analysis beyond divorce to consider whether growing up with siblings is related to prosocial adult behaviors (relationships with parents, friends, and views on conflict management with one's partner). Our results confirm a negative association between number of siblings and divorce in adulthood. We find mixed results related to other prosocial adult behaviors.

URL

https://doi.org/10.1177/0192513x19873356

Keyword(s)

divorce

Notes

ISI Document Delivery No.: IW1IR Times Cited: 0 Cited Reference Count: 42 Merry, Joseph J. Bobbitt-Zeher, Donna Downey, Douglas B. Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human DevelopmentUnited States Department of Health & Human ServicesNational Institutes of Health (NIH) - USANIH Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD) [R24-HD058484] The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This research was supported in part by R24-HD058484 from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development awarded to the Ohio State University Institute for Population Research. 0 1 Sage publications inc Thousand oaks 1552-5481

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Journal of Family Issues

Author(s)

Merry, J. J.
Bobbitt-Zeher, D.
Downey, D. B.

Year Published

2020

Pages

23

DOI

10.1177/0192513x19873356

PMCID

PMC9435386

NIHMSID

NIHMS1814235

Reference ID

6684