ERIC Number: ED268408
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Sibling Interaction in Adulthood.
Lee, Thomas R.; Maxwell, Joseph W.
Although relationships between siblings potentially have the longest duration of any human relationship, research has not yet established the salient, relevant features of the sibling role in adulthood. An investigation was conducted to identify and examine the influences on the frequency of, and motivation for, contact with adult siblings. Twenty-one variables identified by the literature as affecting the frequency of contact between adult siblings were examined. These included relationship, sibling structure, family structure, demographic, and proximity variables. Using a two-stage systematic sampling procedure of telephone and mail surveys, a sample of 313 adults over age 25 who had living siblings was obtained. Subjects completed mailed questionnaires measuring the 21 variables, the frequency of sibling contact, obligation to have contact, and desire for contact. Regression analyses showed that nine variables accounted for the majority of the explained variance. Of these, geographic proximity, emotional closeness, and the sense of obligation towards siblings were the most important predictors. Future research needs to account for differences between voluntary and obligatory contact in order to further understanding of how adult siblings affect one another's lives. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Family Relations (Dallas, TX, November 4-8, 1985).