Sibling Relationships And Family Relationships

2682 WordsNov 20, 201411 Pages
Introduction When looking at relationships, whether marital, parent-child, sibling, or peer relationships, they each enforce different demands through interactions with one another (Aksan, Goldsmith, Essex, & Vandell, 2013). One relationship that has the longest interaction is sibling relationships, it is arguably the longest relationship an individual experiences and it can continue through the lifespan (Cicirelli, 1995). As the siblings grow their relationship becomes more egalitarian than other family relationships (Cicirelli, 1995) and it becomes more voluntary (Floyd, 1995). Thus, while looking at families most people grow up with a sibling. The relationship between those siblings can be marked with rivalry and conflict, nevertheless it can also be the closest and most intimate relationship that person has throughout their life (Buhrmester & Furman, 1990). However, siblings are among the least studied relationships when compared to parent-sibling relationships and children’s peer relationships (Spitze & Trent, 2006). This could be due to researchers suggesting that siblings will have little contact or influence on each other after childhood (Cicirelli, 1995). Although there have been studies done about siblings from their communicative messages to their gender, age, lifespan, conflict, and closeness levels. None of the previous studies have examined specifically how closeness (emotional and behavioral) evolves after one sibling leaves for college. College is the
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