Department of Human Development (0416), Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA 24061.
Intergenerational Solidarity and Support Between Adult Siblings
Version of Record online: 23 JAN 2008
Journal of Marriage and Family
Volume 70, Issue 1, pages 157–167, February 2008
How to Cite
Voorpostel, M. and Blieszner, R. (2008), Intergenerational Solidarity and Support Between Adult Siblings. Journal of Marriage and Family, 70: 157–167. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2007.00468.x
- Issue online: 23 JAN 2008
- Version of Record online: 23 JAN 2008
- adult siblings;
- intergenerational relations;
- multi-level models;
- relationship processes;
- social support;
- Western European families
Using a Dutch national sample containing 1,259 triads (two siblings, one parent), we examined whether practical support and emotional support between siblings are enhanced by intergenerational solidarity and how this differs for brothers and sisters. Sibling support was affected by sibling dyad characteristics and by the relationship with the parent. Having a poor relationship and low contact frequency with the parent enhances sibling emotional support, pointing to a compensating mechanism, which is stronger among brothers. Sibling support is also positively related to parental support, suggesting a reinforcing mechanism, especially among sisters. The results contribute new information about influences on sibling support in adulthood and demonstrate the value of including family context variables in research on specific family relationships.