Purdue study points to dads in sibling rivalries

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A study by Purdue University researchers has found that adult siblings have more tensions if they perceive that their fathers favor any particular child.

But the newly published study found that favoritism by mothers didn't lead to sibling tensions as often.

Purdue sociology professor Jill Suitor tells the Journal & Courier (http://on.jconline.com/11JFdlY ) that one reason for the difference could be the shorter life expectancy among American fathers. She says older adults might value their fathers even more as they realize their time together is limited.

The study of 174 families looked at sibling tension in the number of arguments, or other issues that came up, along with other questions about real or perceived favoritism by the parents.

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