I would like to acknowledge the contribution of a number of colleagues, students, and former students to the studies reported in this article. The colleagues involved include Judy Feeney, Candida Peterson, and Yvonne Darlington; the former students include Grania Sheehan and Kirsty Northfield; the current students include Anita Blakeley-Smith and Susan Conway.
Sibling relationships in adolescence: Learning and growing together
Article first published online: 27 JAN 2005
Volume 12, Issue 1, pages 1–22, March 2005
How to Cite
Noller, P. (2005), Sibling relationships in adolescence: Learning and growing together. Personal Relationships, 12: 1–22. doi: 10.1111/j.1350-4126.2005.00099.x
- Issue published online: 27 JAN 2005
- Article first published online: 27 JAN 2005
In this article, I discuss the reasons for my interest in sibling relationships, and showcase studies on sibling relationships in adolescence carried out with my colleagues and students, in the context of the broader literature on sibling relationships. Our studies have focused on a number of important issues concerned with sibling relationships. First, I report on the associations between sibling relationships and other family relationships and the ways that the various family relationships affect each other. Second, I report a study of sibling relationships in the context of parental separation and divorce and show that sibling relationships in these families are more likely to be high in both warmth and hostility than is true for relationships in 2-parent families. Third, I report on several data sets showing an association between the quality of sibling relationships and adolescent adjustment and the link between differential parenting, adolescent adjustment, and the quality of the sibling relationship. Fourth, I report on a study of comparison and competition in sibling relationships and the associations between sibling relationship quality and reactions to being outperformed by a sibling. Finally, I discuss possible future directions for research on sibling relationships, including the importance of multimethod studies and a longitudinal perspective.