Relational aggression in adolescents' sibling relationships: Links to sibling and parent-adolescent relationship quality

Kimberly Updegraff, Shawna M. Thayer, Shawn D. Whiteman, Donna J. Denning, Susan M. McHale

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Abstract

This study examined the links between sibling relational aggression and other sibling relationship qualities (i.e., intimacy, negativity, and temporal involvement) and broader parenting dynamics. Participants included 185 adolescent sibling pairs and their mothers and fathers. Data were gathered during home interviews and a series of nightly phone calls with adolescents and parents. Findings revealed that sibling relational aggression was related to sibling intimacy and negativity. In addition, connections emerged between relational aggression and qualities of the parent-child relationship, parents' differential treatment, and parents' strategies for handling sibling conflict.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)373-385
Number of pages13
JournalFamily Relations
Volume54
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2005

Keywords

  • Adolescence
  • Parent-adolescent relationships
  • Relational aggression
  • Siblings

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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