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Sibling Influences
Encyclopedia of Adolescence (2014)
  • Shawn D. Whiteman, Purdue University
  • Alexander C. Jensen, Purdue University
  • Julia M. Bernard, McNeese State University
Research on children’s and early adolescents’ time use indicates that siblings are fixtures in each other’s lives. Given their ubiquity, it is surprising that the ways in which brothers and sisters influence each other’s development have been neglected in comparison to processes of parent and peer influence. An emerging body of work, however, documents that siblings are indeed important and can influence one another in a variety of ways. The goals of this essay are to review the main pathways through which siblings influence each other’s development. Specifically, we highlight two avenues through which siblings influence each other: (a) directly – through observation and daily interactions with one another, as well as modeling and differentiation processes; and (b) indirectly – by virtue of their impact on the larger family system, including differential parenting.
  • peer influences,
  • sibling influence
Publication Date
August 12, 2014
Roger J.R. Levesque
Springer New York
Citation Information
Shawn D. Whiteman, Alexander C. Jensen and Julia M. Bernard. "Sibling Influences" Encyclopedia of Adolescence (2014) p. 2713 - 2717
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