Thesis Title: Family Cohesion, Sibling Relationship, and Psychological Well-Being in Adolescents

Author Name: Iqra Shafqat

Supervisor: Iram Fatima

Year: 2017

Degree: BS

Department: Institute of Applied Psychology

University: Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan

Corresponding Address: Department of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Email: chairperson@appsy.pu.edu.pk, Phone: 92-42-9231245

Abstract

The present study was conducted to investigate the relationship between family cohesion, sibling relationship, and psychological well-being in adolescents. It was hypothesized that there would be a positive relationship between family cohesion, sibling relationship and psychological wellbeing and that family cohesion and sibling relationship predict psychological well-being in adolescents. The sample consisted of 129 adolescents from different private colleges in Lahore using random sampling technique. The age range of the adolescents was 16-19 years (17, SD = .99). Family Environment Scale (FES; Bhatia, & Chadha, 2002) was used to measure family cohesion, Adult Sibling Familial Relationship Scale (ASFRS; Matyja, 2014) was used to measure sibling relationship and Ryffs’ Psychological Well-being Scale (RPSWS; Ryff, 1989) was used to measure psychological well-being respectively. Pearson Product Moment Correlation and Linear Regression were used for analysis. Results revealed that there was a positive correlation between family cohesion, sibling relationship and psychological well-being. It also revealed that family cohesion was the only predictor of psychological well-being. The findings of present study highlight the importance of healthy family environment and their influence on the psychological well-being of adolescents.

Keywords:

Family cohesion, sibling relationship, psychological well-being.