Parental Acceptance Rejection, Sibling Relationship and Peer Attachment in Adolescents

Author: Zifra Maratab

Supervisor: Afifa Anjum

Degree: BS

Year: 2012-2016

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


The present research aimed to examine the relationship between parental acceptance rejection, sibling relationship and peer attachment in adolescents. It was hypothesized that parental acceptance-rejection and sibling relationship will predict peer attachment. It was also hypothesized that sibling relationship will act as a mediator between parental acceptance and peer attachment. The sample consisted of adolescents (N= 144) including 66 males and 78 females with age range 13 to 19 (M = 16.18, SD = 6.76) recruited from schools of Lahore through convenient sampling. Parental acceptance rejection was measured through Parental Acceptance Rejection Questionnaire (Rohner & Khaleaque, 2005), sibling relationship through Sibling Relationship Inventory (Stolker & McHale, 1992) and peer attachment was measured through Inventory of Peer Attachment (Armsden & Greenberg, 1987). Results showed that study variables were correlated in expected direction. Hierarchical regression analysis indicated that sibling relationships served as a mediator between parental acceptance rejection and peer attachment. Results on gender differences indicated that girls are more affectionate towards sibling and peers as compared to boys. Educational level of mother was negatively related with mother acceptance rejection. Further implications of study were discussed in the context of personal and educational settings.

Keywords: Parental Acceptance Rejection, Sibling Relationship, Peer Attachment, Adolescents.

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