Conflict resolution between mexican origin adolescent siblings

Sarah E. Killoren, Shawna M. Thayer, Kimberly Updegraff

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Abstract

We investigated correlates of adolescents' sibling conflict resolution strategies in 246, two-parent Mexican origin families. Specifically, we examined links between siblings' conflict resolution strategies and sibling dyad characteristics, siblings' cultural orientations and values, and sibling relationship qualities. Data were gathered during home interviews with adolescent siblings. Older siblings were more likely to use controlling strategies whereas younger siblings were more likely to use nonconfrontation strategies. Cultural orientations and familism values were positively linked to siblings' solution orientation. Solution orientation strategies were associated with sibling intimacy, and control strategies were related to sibling negativity. Discussion highlights the importance of considering the cultural context in which sibling relationships are embedded.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1200-1212
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Marriage and Family
Volume70
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2008

Keywords

  • Adolescence
  • Conflict resolution
  • Culture
  • Mexican American families
  • Sibling relationships

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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