Vol. 2, Issue 8 (2015)
Growing up among siblings: Sib-care in Zambia
Author(s): Haatembo Mooya
Abstract: The nature, extent and demographic characteristics (gender and family size) of sib-care were explored using a retrospective survey instrument among Zambian University students. The sample comprised of 200 University of Zambia students (17–31 years, M = 19.95, SD = 6.14). Two hypotheses were tested: Firstly, it was hypothesized that female participants perform more sib-care than males; and secondly it was hypothesized that participants from larger families perform more sib-care than those from smaller families. Results showed that sib-care was prevalent among the participants and playing with the child was the most popular activity while toilet training was the activity that was performed the least. In addition, females performed more sib care than males finally, family size did not predict the amount of sib-care performed. Implications are also discussed.