CitationTashakkori, Abbas & Thompson, Vaida D. (1988). Effects of Family Configuration Variables on Reported Indices of Parental Power among Iranian Adolescents. Social Biology, 35(1-2), 82-90.
AbstractThis research investigated the degree to which birth order, number of siblings, and other family configuration variables such as parental education and material modernity affect Iranian adolescents’ reports pertaining to differential parental power. Reports of parental involvement or indices of such involvement in a number of interaction areas were collected from 732 senior high‐school students in Shiraz, Iran. An overall index of comparative parental power was constructed and used as the dependent variable, to be predicted by family configuration variables. Results indicated that both birth order and family size affected reported power. Perceived maternal power increased with birth order and decreased with the number of siblings. These effects remained when pertinent measures of SES, parental education, and modernity were included in the model. It is concluded that some of the effects of birth order and family size on social and psychological development of children are probably mediated by their effects on the intrafamily power structure and communication patterns.
Reference TypeJournal Article
Journal TitleSocial Biology
Thompson, Vaida D.