Date of Award
Bachelor of Science
self-esteem, parental favoritism, siblings, birth order
This study examined perceived parental favoritism in a sample of 91 male and female undergraduate students from Union College. Participants were given a series of questionnaires asking about their demographics, academic achievement, and favoritism within their family. In addition, participants were given Rosenberg’s self-esteem questionnaire. This research was meant to investigate the possible predictors and effects of parental favoritism by assessing the following variables: birth order, gender, self-esteem, problem behavior and academic achievement. As hypothesized, results showed a significant correlation between perceived parental favoritism and academic achievement. Participants who reported more extreme favoritism within their families had overall lower grade point averages than participants who reported slight favoritism. This research is discussed in terms of the impact perceived parental favoritism has on young adults.
Wiener, Amanda, "Perception of Parental Favoritism in Young Adults: The Influence of Extreme Favoritism vs. Slight Favoritism" (2012). Honors Theses. 921.