Longitudinal course and family correlates of sibling relationships from childhood through adolescence

Ji Yeon Kim, Susan M. McHale, D. Wayne Osgood, Ann C. Crouter

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Changes in sibling intimacy and conflict were charted from middle childhood through adolescence, and family structure and relationship correlates of change were examined. Participants were mothers, fathers, and firstborn (M = 11.82 years at Time 1) and secondborn (M = 9.22 years) siblings from 200 White, working/middle class, 2-parent families. Sibling intimacy was highest for sisters, stable over time for same-sex dyads, and showed a U-shaped change pattern in mixed-sex dyads. Sibling conflict declined after early adolescence at the same time (but at different ages) for firstborn and secondborns. Maternal acceptance covaried positively with sibling intimacy, and father - child conflict covaried positively with sibling conflict over time; fathers' marital love was linked to sibling intimacy in a pattern suggestive of compensation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1746-1761
Number of pages16
JournalChild development
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2006


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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