ERIC Number: ED024095
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Sep-1
Reference Count: 0
Some Effects of Having a Brother or Sister.
Leventhal, Gerald S.
The data indicate that the influence of a brother or sister is considerably greater upon the second born than upon the first born. The magnitude of the sex of sibling effect is probably dependent upon whether a sibling is present during the first few years of life, a period during which many enduring response patterns are being acquired. The family environment of the first born contains no other sibling. Consequently, sex of sibling can have no influence during this early formative period. The family environment of the second born, however, contains an older sibling from the moment the younger child enters the family. Consequently, the sex of the older sibling can have a systematic influence on the second born throughout his entire course of development. The influence of the older child's sex upon the second born may be mediated either by direct sibling-to-sibling contact or by the impact of the first-born child upon parents' mode of response to their younger child. (Author)
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Authoring Institution: American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.
Note: Speech presented at the American Psychological Association Convention, San Francisco, California, August 30 through September 3, 1968.