Sibling Delinquency and the Family Environment: Shared and Unshared Influences
Article first published online: 28 JUN 2008
Volume 63, Issue 1, pages 59–67, February 1992
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Rowe, D. C., Rodgers, J. L. and Meseck-Bushey, S. (1992), Sibling Delinquency and the Family Environment: Shared and Unshared Influences. Child Development, 63: 59–67. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.1992.tb03595.x
- Issue published online: 28 JUN 2008
- Article first published online: 28 JUN 2008
Few family studies of delinquency have focused on siblings. We use a sibling research design to evaluate shared (i.e., family) and unshared environmental influences on delinquency. The 15–22-year-old adolescent siblings were nationally representative, and uniquely, in families of 2 to 4 siblings. No unshared family environmental influences were found for sisters and for mixed-sex siblings, but they may exist for brothers. The data suggested substantial shared environmental and/or shared genetic influences for siblings: the median sibling correlations, averaged over family sizes, were: brothers, r= .30; sisters, r= .28; and mixed sex, r= .21.