Sibling relationships and best friendships in young adulthood: Warmth, conflict, and well-being


Journal Article (Review)

Although much work addresses the importance of siblings and friendships in separate investigations, few studies simultaneously examine both relationships. Young adults (N = 102, M age = 18.7) were surveyed about their friendships, their sibling relationships, and their psychological well-being (assessed by self-esteem and loneliness). Participants with harmonious (high warmth, low conflict) sibling relations and same-gender friends had the highest well-being. Participants with affect-intense (high warmth, high conflict) sibling relationships had low well-being. However, participants who had low-involved (low warmth, low conflict) and affect-intense same-gender friendships did not differ in well-being. When examining joint effects, having a harmonious same-gender friendship compensated for having a low-involved sibling relationship, but having harmonious sibling relations did not compensate for having low-involved friendships. Overall, the results underscore the importance of positive and negative relationship properties and the joint effects of multiple relationships. Copyright © 2006 IARR.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Sherman, AM; Lansford, JE; Volling, BL

Published Date

  • June 1, 2006

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 13 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 151 - 165

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1475-6811

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1350-4126

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1475-6811.2006.00110.x

Citation Source

  • Scopus