Sibling Relationships, Family Environment and Socio-Emotional Adjustment among College Students

Author: Syeda Fatima Haider

Supervisor: Dr. Rafia Rafique

Degree: MSc

Year: 2011-2013

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


The present study was conducted to investigate the predictors of socio- emotional adjustment in college students. It was proposed that high level of affection and low level of rivalry and hostility with respected to sibling relationships and high level of cohesion, expressiveness, acceptance and caring, active recreational orientation, organization and low level of conflict and independence in accordance to family environment predict better socio-emotional adjustment. Correlational research design was used in which sample of 200 college students were taken through multistage sampling technique (random and purposive sampling). Sibling Relationship Inventory (SRI) by (Stocker & McHale, 1992), Family Environment Scale (FES) by (Bhatia & Chadha, 1993) and Adjustment Inventory for College Students (AICS) by (Patna & Sinha, 2002) were used to measure the study variables. Hierarchical regression analysis was used to infer the purposed hypotheses. Results revealed that rivalry, hostility, expressiveness and conflict predict social adjustment and however there were was no significant predictor of emotional adjustment. The study holds implications for further researches and highlights importance of positive relationships and productive family environment for students so to enhance their socio-emotional adjustment.

Keywords: Sibling Relationships, Family environment, Socio-Emotional adjustment.

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