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Sibling Delinquency and the Family Environment: Shared and Unshared Influences

David C. Rowe, Joseph L. Rodgers and Sylvia Meseck-Bushey
Child Development
Vol. 63, No. 1 (Feb., 1992), pp. 59-67
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Society for Research in Child Development
DOI: 10.2307/1130901
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1130901
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Abstract

Few family studies of delinquency have focused on siblings. We use a sibling research design to evaluate shared (i. e., family) and unshared environmental influences on delinquency. The 15-22-year-old adolescent siblings were nationally representative, and uniquely, in families of 2 to 4 siblings. No unshared family environmental influences were found for sisters and for mixed-sex siblings, but they may exist for brothers. The data suggested substantial shared environmental and/or shared genetic influences for siblings: the median sibling correlations, averaged over family sizes, were: brothers, r = .30; sisters, r = .28; and mixed sex, r = .21.

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