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Title: Sibling Effects on Substance Use and Delinquency
Journal: Criminology  Volume:30  Issue:2  Dated:(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: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study used three aspects of sibling mutual interaction (warmth, conflict, and frequency of contact with mutual friends) to evaluate sibling effects on delinquency and substance use in 135 brother pairs, 142 sister pairs, and 141 mixed sex pairs in the Arizona Sibling Study of youth who were primarily between 10 and 16 years of age.
Abstract: Appointments were made with parents to interview children in their homes. The study hypothesized that sibling relationship variables would condition the behavioral resemblance of younger and older siblings. For both delinquency and substance use, this prediction was confirmed for warmth and mutual friends. Sibling pairs who reported warmer mutual relationships or greater contact with mutual friends were more alike behaviorally. Statistical sibling effects were not explained by social class, parental substance use, or rearing styles. These effects were interpreted as the influence of one sibling on the other and as the influence arising from sharing common friends. The authors conclude that, given the existence of sibling effects, the strength of shared familial influences of other origins should be revised downward. 17 references and 4 tables
Main Term(s): Juvenile drug use
Index Term(s): Arizona; Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile delinquent family relations; Peer influences on behavior; Sibling influences on behavior
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