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Investigating the impact of sibling rivalry on parents in the Oju local Government area of Benue State, Nigeria

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Home Science and Management, University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Benue State, Nigeria
  • 2Department of Home Science and Management, University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Benue State, Nigeria

Res. J. Family, Community and Consumer Sci., Volume 8, Issue (1), Pages 1-6, January,27 (2020)


This study investigated the impact of sibling rivalry on parents in Oju Local Government Area of Benue State, Nigeria. The objectives of the study were to identify the causes of sibling rivalry among adolescents and identify the impact of adolescents′ sibling rivalry on parents. Two research questions guided the study. One hypothesis were formed for this study. Mean and standard deviation was used for answering research questions, while Chi-square was used to analyze the hypothesis. The study employed survey design. The population was 730 parents, the sample size was 71. Purposive sampling technique was used. A questionnaire was used for data collection. The findings revealed that according to parents the most common causes of sibling rivalry were: favouritism (3.23) and jealousy (3.19). The impacts of sibling rivalry on parents were frustration (3.32) and anxiety (3.30). The following were recommended: Marriage counsellors and Home Economics Extension workers should teach parents how to improve parent-child relationships. Family counsellors/therapists should help to provide counselling to both adolescents and parents on how to manage sibling rivalry. It will also prevent frustration and anxiety among parents.


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