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This book is designed to guide students through the latest developments of theory and research on relationships from adolescence to young adulthood. Unique to this text is a focus on relationship change across middle childhood into adolescence and across late adolescence into early adulthood. Experts on adolescent relationships from across the globe summarize the current state of literature on family and peer relationships, as well as the environmental and genetic factors that influence them. Students will benefit from the comprehensive, rigorous, yet accessible overview of key content; such as what defines the relationship processes, what describes the individual and contextual factors that influence relationships, family relationships, sibling relationships, and parent-child relationships during the transition into adolescence and into young adulthood.

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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