ERIC Number: EJ868440
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
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Reference Count: 46
Mechanisms of Sibling Socialization in Normative Family Development
Whiteman, Shawn D.; Becerra, Julia M.; Killoren, Sarah E.
New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, n126 p29-43 Win 2009
Siblings are important sources of social influence throughout childhood and adolescence. Nevertheless, the processes by which siblings influence one another remain relatively unexplored. We highlight two theories of sibling influence--sibling deidentification and social learning--that offer insights as to how and why siblings develop similar and different attributes, attitudes, and behaviors. Recognizing the need to move past post hoc explanations, we suggest several directions for how these two influence processes can be measured directly in future work. Research on sibling influence also can be improved by integrating these theories and attending to their domains of influence.
Descriptors: Siblings, Socialization, Adolescents, Social Influences, Sibling Relationship, Child Development, Drinking, Substance Abuse, Aggression, Sexuality, Qualitative Research, Individual Characteristics
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