Learning Achievement, Social Adjustment, and Family Conflict Among Bedouin-Arab Children From Polygamous and Monogamous Families

Alean Al-krenawi, Ernie S. Lightman

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Abstract

A sample of 146 Bedouin-Arab pupils from polygamous and monogamous families participated in this study, which was conducted in a Bedouin-Arab village in the Negev, Israel. The authors compared learning achievement, social adjustment, and family conflict. Data revealed differences between the two groups: The children from monogamous families had higher levels of learning achievement than did the children from polygamous families; in addition, those from monogamous families adjusted to the school framework better than did those from polygamous families. The mean conflict rating of children from polygamous families was higher than that of their counterparts from monogamous families. The father's level of education tended to be inversely correlated with family size in terms of both number of children and number of wives.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)345-355
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Social Psychology
Volume140
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology

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