ERIC Number: EJ1050237
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 49
Longitudinal Associations between Sibling Relationship Qualities and Risky Behavior across Adolescence
Solmeyer, Anna R.; McHale, Susan M.; Crouter, Ann C.
Developmental Psychology, v50 n2 p600-610 Feb 2014
This study examined the associations between sibling intimacy and conflict and youths' reports of risky behavior in a sample of adolescents ages 11-20. Participants were mothers, fathers, and sibling dyads in 393 families who were interviewed annually for 3, 4, or 5 years. Multivariate multilevel models tested longitudinal links between sibling intimacy and conflict and youths' risky behavior and whether these associations were moderated by birth order, sex, or dyad sex constellation. Controlling for parent-youth conflict, the results showed positive within-person covariation between sibling conflict and risky behavior for all youths except firstborns with younger brothers. Controlling for parent-youth intimacy, sibling intimacy was positively linked with risky behavior at the between-person level, but only in brother--brother pairs. The discussion focuses on sibling relationships as a context for adolescents' individual development and the roles of birth order, sex, and dyad sex constellation.
Descriptors: Sibling Relationship, Adolescents, Longitudinal Studies, Intimacy, Conflict, Behavior Problems, Interviews, Multivariate Analysis, Birth Order, Gender Differences, Interpersonal Communication, Individual Development, Adolescent Development, At Risk Persons, Family Relationship, Correlation, Likert Scales, Mothers, Fathers, Siblings, Family Characteristics
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Sponsor: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) (NIH)
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Grant or Contract Numbers: R01-HD32336|R01-HD29409