Longitudinal Linkages Between Sibling Relationships and Adjustment From Middle Childhood Through Adolescence

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

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Abstract

The links between changes in sibling conflict and intimacy and changes in perceived peer social competence and depression symptoms were examined from middle childhood through adolescence. Participants were mothers, fathers and first- and second-born siblings from 197 White, working/middle-class, two-parent families. Peer competence peaked in early adolescence and then declined; depression symptoms were high in middle childhood and, for girls, in middle adolescence. Controlling for parent-offspring relationships and sibling and parent adjustment, increases in sibling conflict were linked to increases in depression symptoms, and increases in sibling intimacy were linked to increases in peer competence and, for girls, decreases in depression symptoms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)960-973
Number of pages14
JournalDevelopmental psychology
Volume43
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Demography
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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