Adolescents' Perceptions of Parental Favouritism

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Family Matters article

April 1998


This article examines the findings from a study set up to investigate the relation between adolescents' experience of parental favouritism and family functioning. The findings highlight the role of parental favouritism as a powerful form of injustice within the family system, which for the disfavoured child causes varying levels of distress and ill feeling, and which in turn appears to effect other relationships and interpersonal dynamics throughout the family system.

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