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Title: Sibling Effects on Substance Use and Delinquency
Journal: Criminology  Volume:30  Issue:2  Dated:(May 1992)  Pages:217-233
Author(s): D C Rowe; B L Gulley
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 17
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute on Drug Abuse
Bethesda, MD 20892-9561
Grant Number: DA06287
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Data from 135 pairs of brothers, 142 pairs of sisters, and 141 brother-sister pairs who were mostly ages 10-16 were examined to determine the immediate influence of one sibling on the other sibling's juvenile delinquency and drug abuse.
Abstract: The youths all lived in Arizona and were interviewed in 1990 after obtaining parental permission. The families all spoke English. The analysis focused on three aspects of mutual interaction between siblings: warmth, conflict, and frequency of contact with mutual friends. The study hypothesis was that sibling relationship variables would condition the behavioral similarity of the younger and older sibling. For both drug abuse and delinquency, this prediction was confirmed for warmth and mutual friends in that siblings who reported warmer mutual relationships or greater contact with mutual friends were more alike behaviorally. Social class, parental drug abuse, or child-rearing styles did not explain these effects. Findings suggested that, given the existence of sibling effects, the strength of shared familial influences of other origins must be revised downward. Tables and 17 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency factors; Sibling influences on behavior
Index Term(s): Domestic relations; Drug abuse causes; Home environment; Juvenile drug abusers; Peer influences on behavior
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