What we learn from our sisters and brothers: for better or for worse.

Laurie Kramer, Katherine J. Conger

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Siblings have considerable influence on one another's development throughout childhood, yet most human development research has neglected sibling socialization. Through this volume, we aim to enhance our understanding of how siblings play formative roles in one another's social and emotional development. We examine the mechanisms by which children are influenced by their brothers and sisters, clarify the ways in which these mechanisms of socialization are similar to and different from children's socialization experiences with parents, and consider the conditions under which sibling socialization results in positive versus negative consequences for individual development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalNew directions for child and adolescent development
Issue number126
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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