Adolescents’ Relationships with Siblings

Contextual Influences On Adolescent Development

I. Interpersonal Influences

  1. Patricia L. East

Published Online: 30 OCT 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479193.adlpsy002003

Handbook of Adolescent Psychology

Handbook of Adolescent Psychology

How to Cite

East, P. L. 2009. Adolescents’ Relationships with Siblings. Handbook of Adolescent Psychology.

Author Information

  1. University of California San Diego, Department of Pediatrics, La Jolla, California

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 OCT 2009


  • Theories Pertaining to Sibling Relationships
  • The Developmental Course of Sibling Relationships
  • Influences on the Sibling Relationship
  • Sibling Influences on Adolescent Development and Adjustment
  • Why Siblings Within the Same Family are so Different
  • Siblings From Diverse Family, Cultural, and Socioeconomic Backgrounds
  • Conclusions


  • siblings ;
  • sibling relationships;
  • temperament;
  • parenting;
  • sibling conflict;
  • social support;
  • delinquency;
  • antisocial behavior;
  • drug use during adolescence;
  • alcohol use during adolescence;
  • adolescent sexual behavior;
  • teenage pregnancy;
  • parents' differential treatment;
  • sibling de-identification