Relationships With Siblings, Youth

This entry describes the relationships between siblings during their youth. The definition of a sibling relationship (or sibship, as they are commonly referred to) and their importance is reviewed, followed by an overview of the various factors that can influence the quality of sibling relationships. The latter half of the entry examines LGBTQ youth and their sibling relationships, including their decision making in coming out to a sibling and the response of siblings to the coming-out process.

The Creation of Sibships

Most youth reside with a sibling at some point during their childhood. Sibling relationships are among the first social relationships a person acquires, and one of the longest-lasting familial relationships a person will have in their lifetime. What constitutes a sibship is more complex than ...

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