Sibling Relationships in Childhood and Adolescence

Predictors and Outcomes

Avidan Milevsky

Columbia University Press

Sibling Relationships in Childhood and Adolescence

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Pub Date: August 2011

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Sibling Relationships in Childhood and Adolescence

Predictors and Outcomes

Avidan Milevsky

Columbia University Press

The most long-lasting and enduring relationship an individual can develop is with a sibling. Considering the closeness in age and early association of siblings, they can bond for a lifetime. Psychologists are beginning to appreciate the sibling link and its dynamic role in a child's social development. Beyond the mother-child dyad, sibling associations are now attributed with determining cognitive faculties, emotional balance, self-sufficiency, and peer interactions.

Clarifying the complex processes of these relationships and the benefit of parental involvement, Avidan Milevsky provides a foundational text for a growing area of study. Deploying personal narrative, theoretical examinations, and empirical data, he unravels the intricacies of the sibling exchange and their function in overall family structures. He identifies the factors that make such bonds successful (or harmful) and the influence of parents in shaping these outcomes. He also evaluates the compensatory possibilities of the sibling bond when faced with the absence of a parent or friend.

Variables such as age, birth order, gender, and family size are tremendous considerations, and parents hoping to enhance the sibling bond gain immensely from understanding these predictors. Milevsky shows practitioners how to educate parents and help them apply their knowledge in practice. He particularly supplies crucial perspective on "deidentification," or conscious differentiation, in which parents encourage different life paths to minimize sibling comparison and competition. A major tool for clinicians, social service providers, and educators, this book clarifies the next frontier in child development research.
Avidan Milevsky provides a good rationale for why we need to examine sibling relationships more closely in terms of family dynamics and individual well-being. His book synthesizes existing research and makes an original contribution by utilizing qualitative and quantitative data to illustrate the themes explored throughout the book. Katherine J. Conger, University of California, Davis
The release of a new volume on siblings is timely, and the focus on sibling relationships in adolescence and emerging adulthood is very welcome. Lew Bank, Oregon Social Learning Center and Regional Research Institute, Portland State University
An interesting book...highly recommended. Choice
I would recommend this book to students interested in the positive, buffering effects that brothers and sisters can have on one another. Alison Pike, Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. Structural Variables and Sibling Relationships
2. Parenting and Sibling Relationships: Indirect Influences
3. Parenting and Sibling Relationships: Direct Influences
4. Well-being and Sibling Relationships
5. Compensatory Effects of Sibling Support: Parents
6. Compensatory Effects of Sibling Support: Friends
7. Sibling Deidentification
8. Summary, Application, and Future Directions
References
Index

About the Author

Avidan Milevsky is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in child, adolescent, and lifespan developmental psychology. He serves as director of the Center for Parenting Research and is a psychotherapist at Wellspring Counseling in Towson, Maryland.