Naturalistic polyadic family conflicts (i.e., involving three or more members) were studied over a 2-year period by comparing disputes originating between siblings (sibling-originated) or a parent and child (parent–child-originated). Conflicts were coded for (a) origination, (b) topic, (c) resolution, and (d) power in 39 families with two children when both were 2 and 4 years old (T1) and again at 4 and 6 years of age (T2). Greater proportions of sibling-originated and parent–child-originated conflicts were observed at T1 and T2, respectively. In sibling-originated conflicts, time-related variations for ownership and controlling behaviors were apparent.
Persram, Ryan J.; Della Porta, Sandra; Scirocco, Alyssa; Howe, Nina; and Ross, Hildy S.
"A Two-Year Longitudinal Study of Naturalistic Parent–Child-Originated and Sibling-Originated Polyadic Conflicts,"
Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Vol. 65
, Article 1.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/mpq/vol65/iss4/1