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Chapter 3: Transformations in Sibling Relationships from Adolescence to Adulthood
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 [Page 44]adulthood are understudied. Yet, these developmental periods are especially ...