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Forecasting Sibling Relationships in Early Adolescence from Child Temperaments and Family Processes in Middle Childhood

Gene H. Brody, Zolinda Stoneman and J. Kelly McCoy
Child Development
Vol. 65, No. 3 (Jun., 1994), pp. 771-784
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Society for Research in Child Development
DOI: 10.2307/1131417
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1131417
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Abstract

We developed a model to account for variation in the quality of sibling relationships across a 4-year span from middle childhood to early adolescence. We tested this model on a sample of 71 families, in which older siblings' ages ranged from 6 to 11 years, and those of younger siblings ranged from 4 to 9 years. We also assessed continuity and discontinuity over time in sibling relationship quality. The descriptive analyses revealed an increase of negative sibling relationship qualities and a decrease in positive qualities. The hypothesized paths involving children's temperaments, interparental conflict, positivity in parent-child relationships, and differential negativity in parent-sibling relationships were supported, accounting for 27% to 34% of the variation in sibling relationship quality.

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