The Psychology of Rivalry


Sybil L. Hart, Ph.D. (Editor)
Department of Human Development & Family Studies, Lubbock, TX USA

Nancy Aaron Jones, Ph.D. (Editor)
Florida Atlantic University, Department of Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience

Series: Psychology of Emotions, Motivations and Actions
BISAC: PSY013000

The Psychology of Rivalry is an edited volume made up of chapters by leading researchers and theorists in the fields of psychology, human development, family studies, evolutionary psychology, behavioral neuroscience and genetics. It is written for all levels of students and scientists within these and related fields who are interested in exploring relationships beyond those which are simply dyadic by focusing on contexts that are rich with overlapping relationships and complexity. Rivalry is an inherent feature of many, if not all, such relationships; it sometimes rests quietly in the interior of the psyche, and other times it can be confrontational and even destructive.

In their own way, each of the contributors to this volume present a range of theoretical perspectives as well as empirical studies with novel approaches and treatments, commentary on current events in the popular press, and practical material. As the authors draw on these perspectives and approaches, each chapter is unique in its manner of navigating the issues and boundaries of reward versus competition within a wide range of settings and relationships, within and outside families, involving individuals as young as fetuses to siblings of advanced age. It is within such contexts that real life experience takes place, and so this volume represents a bold step toward unraveling relationship dynamics in the real world with all its complexity.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. An Evolutionary Perspective of Rivalry in the Family
(Alyson J. Myers and David F. Bjorklund, PhD, Dept. of Psychyology, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL, US)

Chapter 2. The Physiology of Rivalry in Infancy
(Melannie Platt, PhD and Nancy Aaron Jones, PhD, Department of Psycholgy and Behavioral Neuroscience, Florida Atlantic University, Jupiter, FL, US)

Chapter 3. Becoming an Older Sibling: Introducing the Sibling Outcome Survey (SOS) – An Instrument That Identifies Risk and Resilience in the Toddler-Newborn Infant Relationship
(Jennifer K. Chapman, PhD, Wonjung Oh, PhD, and Sybil L. Hart, PhD, Department of Human Development, Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL, US, and others)

Chapter 4. “Will You Stop Saving the Day? You’re Just the Sidekick”: Rivalry in Young Children’s Sibling Relationships
(Laurie Kramer, Department of Applied Psychology, Northeastern University, Boston MA, US, and others)

Chapter 5. Twin Rivalry in Childhood
(Hila Segal and Ariel Knafo-Noam, Department of Psychology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel)

Chapter 6. Implicit Beliefs and Culturally-Embedded Values Can Help Reframe Sibling Jealousy
(Amy G. Halberstadt, PhD, Julie A. Thompson, PhD, and Dejah Oertwig, Department of Psychology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, US, and others)

Chapter 7. When Friends Differ: How Imbalances between Partners Influence Young Adolescents’ Friendship Rivalry and Competition
(Jeffrey G. Parker and Katelyn E Massey, Department of Psychology, Institute for Social Science Research, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, US)

Chapter 8. A Selective Review of Research and Theory on Adult Rivalry: Considering Anger, Jealousy, and Dominance Motives
(Cindy Harmon-Jones and Eddie Harmon-Jones, School of Psychology, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia)

Chapter 9. Rivalry in Coparenting at the Transition to Parenthood
(Sarah J. Schoppe-Sullivan, Miranda N. Berrigan and Michael B. Wells, Department of Human Sciences, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, US, and others)

Chapter 10. Continuity and Change in Adult Children’s Perceptions of Maternal Favoritism: Consequences for Relationships with Siblings in Midlife
(Marissa Rurka, J. Jill Suitor, Gulcin Con, Megan Gilligan and Yifei Hou, Sociology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, US, and others)


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