We thank the Family Studies Center at Brigham Young University, the School of Family Life, and the College of Family Home and Social Sciences, and we recognize the generous support of the many private donors who provided support for this project. We also thank those families who were willing to spend valuable hours with our team in interviews, and the many students who assisted in conducting the interviews.
Do Siblings Matter Independent of Both Parents and Friends? Sympathy as a Mediator Between Sibling Relationship Quality and Adolescent Outcomes
Version of Record online: 2 OCT 2014
© 2014 The Authors. Journal of Research on Adolescence © 2014 Society for Research on Adolescence
Journal of Research on Adolescence
Volume 26, Issue 1, pages 101–114, March 2016
How to Cite
Harper, J. M., Padilla-Walker, L. M. and Jensen, A. C. (2016), Do Siblings Matter Independent of Both Parents and Friends? Sympathy as a Mediator Between Sibling Relationship Quality and Adolescent Outcomes. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 26: 101–114. doi: 10.1111/jora.12174
- Issue online: 11 MAR 2016
- Version of Record online: 2 OCT 2014
The study explored whether sibling affection and hostility were longitudinally associated with adolescents' prosocial, externalizing, and depressive behaviors, after controlling for parent–child and best friend relationship quality. Sympathy was examined as a possible mediator. Three hundred and eight randomly selected families completed Waves 3, 4, and 5 of the Flourishing Families Project. Multiple group comparison via structural equation modeling compared differences between girls and boys. Sibling affection (T3) was positively associated with adolescents' sympathy (T4) and prosocial behavior (T5). Sibling hostility (T3) was positively associated with adolescents' depression (T5) and externalizing behavior (T5) (for boys only), even after controlling for parent and friend relationships. Discussion focuses on the unique role of the sibling relationship on adolescent development.