This research was supported by grant no. 1R01HD 16142 from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (Wyndol Furman, principal investigator). Portions of this research were presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Baltimore, April 1987. Appreciation is expressed to Wendy Ritz for her assistance in the data collection. We are also indebted to the faculty and students of the Cherry Creek School System.
Perceptions of Sibling Relationships during Middle Childhood and Adolescence
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Volume 61, Issue 5, pages 1387–1398, October 1990
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Buhrmester, D. and Furman, W. (1990), Perceptions of Sibling Relationships during Middle Childhood and Adolescence. Child Development, 61: 1387–1398. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.1990.tb02869.x
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Children in grades 3, 6, 9, and 12 were administered the Sibling Relationship Questionnaire. Relationships were rated as progressively more egalitarian across the 4 grade groups, with adolescents reporting less dominance and nurturance by their older siblings than younger participants. Adolescents also reported less companionship, intimacy, and affection with siblings than younger participants reported. Levels of perceived conflict with younger siblings were moderately high across all 4 grades, whereas ratings of conflict with older siblings were progressively lower across the 4 grades. The findings suggested that sibling relationships: (a) become more egalitarian and less asymmetrical with age, (b) become less intense with age, and (c) encompass experiences that are partially determined by the child's standing in the family constellation.