Siblings in Adolescence
Psychology Press – 2010 – 240 pages
While there is a body of literature on siblings in childhood, research on adolescent siblings is scarce. Although several sub-disciplines of psychology and social science, such as behavioral genetics and family psychology, have provided some empirical research on the role of adolescent siblings, this research is often narrow both in the thematic and methodological approach. Consequently, there currently exists no model that draws together these different approaches to coherently represent the significance of adolescent siblings.
Siblings in Adolescence aims to address this gap. It presents a comprehensive overview of these existing studies of adolescent research and generates a developmental framework of the study on siblings by establishing links between these current findings. The book also includes empirical evidence for this new theoretical model by presenting results from several comprehensive longitudinal data sets on the meaning of sibling development.
As such this book provides a systematic contribution to the study of the development of the sibling relationship throughout adolescence and will be essential reading for those involved with the study of adolescent development, developmental psychology and family relations.
1. Overview of Current Approaches to and Research Questions in the Study on Siblings 2. Behavioral Genetics and Sibling Research 3. Development of Adolescents’ Sibling Relationships Within the Family 4. Correlates of Sibling Relationships 5. A Comprehensive Model of Findings on Sibling Research 6. Methodological Challenges of Sibling Research 7. Current Projects on Sibling Research Worldwide.
Angela Ittel is a developmental psychologist and teaches educational psychology at the Technical University of Berlin. She has conducted a longitudinal project on sibling development with the world's largest data set on opposite gender siblings. Her research focuses on gender-specific development, adolescent social networks, family processes and psychosocial adjustment.
Tina Kretschmer is a graduate assistant and Ph.D. candidate at the University of Sussex. Her current research focuses on family relationships and environmental correlates of sibling relationships and value similarities, and differences between siblings in middle childhood and adolescence.
Alison Pike is a senior lecturer in psychology at the University of Sussex. She has published papers using behavioral genetic methodology to disentangle genetic and environmental influences on parenting and adolescent adjustment. Her current research focuses on sibling relationships, parenting, family context and well-being in a longitudinal study of siblings during middle childhood.