Widening the Family Circle: New Research on Family Communication, Second Edition continues to address historically under-studied family relationships, such as those involving grandparents, in-laws, cousins, stepfamilies, and adoptive parents. In this engaging text, editors Kory Floyd and Mark T. Morman bring together a diverse collection of empirical studies, theoretic essays, and critical reviews of literature on communication to constitute a stronger, more complete understanding of communication within the family.

Siblings-in-Law, Unwidened

Siblings-in-law, unwidened
Christina G.Yoshimura

Ah! I know at last the secret of it all!

—Victor Herbert

It would be so satisfying to feel, as Herbert does in the quote above, that in the time between the publication of the first edition of this text and the updating of this chapter today, we had uncovered the secrets of sibling-in-law relationships. It has been six years, and sibling-in-law relationships are ubiquitous. Sibling-in-law relationships are generated either through marriage to a person who has a sibling, or through the marriage of one's sibling to another person. Given that 97.1% of the population gets married (U.S. Census Bureau, 2010a) and 79% of the population has at least one sibling with whom they've lived at some time (U.S. Census Bureau, 2008), it ...

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