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ERIC Number: ED400981
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 17
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Brothers and Sisters in Middle Childhood and Early Adolescence: Continuity and Change in Individual Differences.
Dunn, Judy
Advances in Applied Developmental Psychology, v10 p31-46 1996
The Cambridge Sibling Study sought to investigate the structure of sibling relationship changes as children grow up, and the patterns of individual differences in these relationships in middle childhood and adolescence. It followed a group of siblings from 43 families from the preschool period through middle childhood and early adolescence. Four specific areas concerning the sibling relationship were focused upon: (1) stability in the quality of sibling relationships; (2) significant life events and their association with changes in the relationships; (3) changing significance of socioeconomic status and gender as the children reached adolescence; and (4) family members' views on important contributors to change. The study found that there was considerable stability in the participants' behavior and feelings toward their siblings, particularly for the older sibling. Siblings were found to become closer to one another and more supportive during life events with negative impacts. Gender of siblings became more important in the sibling relationship by the age 12 or 13, as did socioeconomic status of the family. (Contains 35 references.) (SD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
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Language: English
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