Adolescent Sibling Relations

L. Kramer, K. J. Conger

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Adolescence is an interesting and often challenging time to be a sibling, and this article reviews current thinking and research on these lifelong relationships while highlighting exciting avenues for exploration in the future. Of particular focus are the developmental course of sibling relationships, variations in the quality of sibling relationships, differences and similarities among individual siblings, and methods for fostering prosocial sibling relationships. We propose that our understanding of sibling relationships in adolescence can be advanced by considering three fundamental sets of factors: (1) the quality of the relationship that siblings establish with one another; (2) the family context in which siblings develop their relationships; and (3) the broader social context that exists outside of the family, in which adolescents also operate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Adolescence
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9780123739513
StatePublished - 2011


  • Differential parental treatment
  • Family relationships
  • Intervention
  • Nonshared environment
  • Prevention
  • Shared environments
  • Sibling relationships
  • Siblings

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)
  • Medicine(all)


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