Mechanisms of Sibling Socialization in Normative Family DevelopmentNew Directions for Child and Adolescent Development (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.
- social learning
Publication DateDecember 3, 2009
Citation InformationShawn D. Whiteman, Julia M Becerra Bernard and Sarah E. Killoren. "Mechanisms of Sibling Socialization in Normative Family Development" New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development Vol. 126 (2009) p. 29 - 43 ISSN: 1520-3247
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/julia-bernard/36/