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The Nature and Correlates of Sibling Influence in Two-Parent African American Families
Article first published online: 8 APR 2010
Copyright © National Council on Family Relations, 2010
Journal of Marriage and Family
Volume 72, Issue 2, pages 267–281, April 2010
How to Cite
Whiteman, S. D., Bernard, J. M. B. and McHale, S. M. (2010), The Nature and Correlates of Sibling Influence in Two-Parent African American Families. Journal of Marriage and Family, 72: 267–281. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2010.00698.x
This article was edited by Velma McBride Murry.
- Issue published online: 8 APR 2010
- Article first published online: 8 APR 2010
- African Americans;
- child siblings;
- relationship processes;
- sibling relations
Guided by research and theory on sibling similarities and differences, this study explored the nature and correlates of 2 processes of sibling influence—social learning and sibling differentiation—during adolescence. Participants included 2 adolescent-age siblings (M = 16.29 years for older siblings and M = 12.59 years for younger siblings, respectively) from 166 two-parent African American families. Significant nonlinear associations between these two influence dynamics and some sibling relationship qualities were discovered. For sibling differentiation, but not social learning, these links were further moderated by gender composition of the sibling dyad. Additional analyses revealed that youths' reports of social learning were generally linked to smaller differences between siblings, whereas differentiation processes were linked to greater differences in siblings' individual characteristics.