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Longitudinal course and family correlates of sibling relationships from childhood through adolescence.

Characteristics and correlates of sibling relationships in two-parent African American families. Whether and how attachment relationships between siblings form and develop are important issues for attachment theory and for sibling relationship researchers, but, as we review here, research on attachment relationships between siblings is limited.

As an example of this dynamic in the sibling relationship, siblings may learn to get their own way by increasing their level of hostility and aggression toward a sister or brother during conflict episodes. As children develop, in the second year, the attachment figure can become a secure base from which children explore the world around them but return to in stressful circumstances for comfort and a sense of security. The attachment relationship between siblings also develops over time.

Sulloway led the way in Born to Rebel: The sheer variety of sibling relationship structures may be one deterrent—as one study identified 26 different possible sibling relationship constellations e. See other articles in PMC jirnal cite the published article.


Strawbridge and Wallhagen found that siblings stopped interacting or even sought legal action against one another when distress over caregiving became intense.

As we noted previously, however, it is important to study social comparison processes directly rather than inferring their operation on the basis of patterns of sibling relationship outcomes. Handbook of child psychology: Support Center Support Center.

Theoretical Perspectives on Sibling Relationships

Its structures and functions. Importantly, from an attachment perspective, attachment is not equivalent to relationship positivity but implies a deeper bond that varies in the extent to which a relationship partner serves as a source of emotional security.

One perspective of special relevance to sibling dynamics is social comparison theory. Grounding his ideas in an evolutionary perspective that stresses the adaptive significance of behavior in competition for limited resources, Sulloway placed sibling rivalry at the core of family relationships and personality development.

At the most general level, our review underscores the significance of siblings for understanding family dynamics and systems, and it should stimulate research attention by family scholars to this relatively neglected relationship. The tenets of family systems theory are derived from general systems theory Bertalanffy, WhitemanSusan M. Despite their relevance to sibling relationships, however, social psychological theories have rarely been applied in studies of siblings.

Our goals in this review are to stimulate interest by family scholars in studying sibling relationships as fundamental to family systems and to provide a theoretical grounding for future research.

Conclusion At the most general level, our review underscores the significance of siblings for understanding family dynamics and systems, and it should stimulate research attention by family scholars to this relatively neglected relationship. Parental responses to sibling conflict: As mentioned earlier, many adult siblings feel close to and often provide support to one another, and the developmental tasks of emerging and middle adulthood, including identity development and a focus on the world beyond the family, may serve to reduce rivalry and increase feelings of closeness, at least for some rivaory.


Suitor JJ, Pillemer K. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.

Theoretical Perspectives on Sibling Relationships

From this perspective, individuals track their contributions to and the rewards they derive from their relationship relative to the contributions and rewards of their partners. Sibling interaction across cultures: Separation or loss of an attachment figure, in contrast, gives rise to anxiety and distress. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. Indeed, concepts grounded in each dibling of perspectives reviewed here, as well as other sociologically grounded frameworks not reviewed here e.

Most sibling researchers treat SES as a control variable, and the handful of studies that has explicitly tested the role of SES factors has produced mixed findings: Further in line with equity theory, Ingersoll et al. Gender differences in the development of relationships.