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Title: Social perceptions of siblings' sexual composition: evidence from Portuguese youth
Authors: Barroso, Margarida
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: University of Calgary Press
Abstract: This paper explores sibling relationships among Portuguese youth, focusing on the importance:of gender and sibling sexual composition in three specific analytical domains: (a) the social meanings and perceptions of sibling relationships and their impact on daily life practices; (b) parents' differential treatment of sons and daughters and its implication for the well-being of brothers and sisters within the sibling group, and; (c) the gender determinants of care-giving for elderly parents. The study is based on focus groups and semi-structured interviews involving 47 Portuguese men and women, with an average age of 24 years. The results show that gender relations and the sexual composition of siblings have a significant impact on sibling relationships. Same-sex siblings are perceived as having more harmonious and cooperative relationships than mixed-sex siblings, regardless of age and birth order. Parents' differential treatment of sons and daughters, whether it reproduces or deconstructs traditional gender roles, influences the well-being of youths and affects the way brothers and sisters envisage how care-giving tasks for elderly parents will be shared. Most youths envisage an egalitarian distribution of care-giving, although sisters are still regarded as the main care providers.
Peer reviewed: yes
DOI: 10.3138/jcfs.42.5.687
ISSN: 0047-2328
Accession number: WOS:000294277000004
Appears in Collections:CIES-RI - Artigos em revista científica internacional com arbitragem científica

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