Sibling relationships in early/middle childhood: Links with individual adjustment

A Pike, J Coldwell, J F Dunn

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The overarching goal of the study was to identify links between sibling relationship quality in early/middle childhood with children's adjustment, having accounted for the effects of parent-child relationship quality. The sample consisted of 101 working and middle-class 2-parent English families with 2 children ages 4-8 years. Parents provided reports of sibling relationship quality, the parent-child relationship, and the children's prosocial and problematic behaviors. The children also provided reports of their familial relationships with a puppet interview. Results indicated that sibling relationship quality was associated with the older siblings' adjustment, controlling for the children's relationships with parents. In addition, the pattern of findings suggested that positivity within the sibling relationship was more strongly linked with child adjustment than was sibling conflict
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)523 - 532
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Family Psychology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2005


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