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Lilly Shanahan, Evelyn B. Waite & Timothy W. Boyd II

In: Relationship Pathways: From Adolescence to Young Adulthood

Chapter 3: Transformations in Sibling Relationships from Adolescence to Adulthood

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Transformations in Sibling Relationships from Adolescence to Adulthood
Transformations in sibling relationships from adolescence to adulthood
LillyShanahanEvelyn B.WaiteTimothy W.BoydII

Siblings are an integral part of most adolescents' lives. Youth typically spend many hours with their siblings (McHale & Crouter, 1996; Updegraff, McHale, Whiteman, Thayer, & Delgado, 2005), and sibling relationships are often a person's most enduring social and familial influence (Cicirelli, 1995). Both parents and youth draw upon siblings as a frame of reference in development, and family dynamics involving siblings are linked to mental health outcomes across the life span (e.g., Waldinger, Vaillant, & Orav, 2007).

Despite the prominence of sibling relationships in most people's lives, changes in the qualities of these relationships from adolescence to young adulthood are understudied. Yet, these developmental periods are especially ...

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