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Pensando familias

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SILVA, Emeline Pompeo da  and  LUCAS, Michele Gaboardi. Relationship between siblings: the perception of the firstborn child. Pensando fam. [online]. 2020, vol.24, n.1, pp. 144-159. ISSN 1679-494X.

The birth of a second child constitutes, simultaneously, the beginning of a fraternal relationship and an intragenerational conflict. This study investigated the impact of the second child’s birth on the firstborn, with emphasis on how the fraternal relationship occurs from the older sibling’s perspective in adulthood. The research was qualitative and exploratory. Thus, six firstborns aged between twenty and forty years old were interviewed, who were chosen from suggestions done by professional psychologists from the researcher’s business network and through the snowball technique. The interview with the participants was based on a semi-structured script with open questions related to the theme. Data analysis was performed qualitatively, based on content analysis. Findings showed that fraternal bond is a relation established over time. Memories shared during childhood and adolescence and family life memories will help in keeping (or not) the bond between siblings in adulthood.

Keywords : First-born; Second son; Fraternal relationship; Family relationships.

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