The current body of research pertaining to sibling control dynamics look specifically at either the absence or presence of control within the sibling relationship. Research to date has not differentiated between a sibling's experience of being controlling versus being controlled. This study examined adolescent sibling control dynamics and its link with sibling relationship quality (sibling closeness and sibling conflict), and how those links are moderated by birth order and having an agreeable personality. Data were analyzed from 327 families with two adolescent siblings between the ages of 12 and 18 (Older Sibling M = 17.17 years, SD = .94; Younger Sibling M = 14.52 years, SD =1.27). Results from nested multi-level models revealed that adolescent siblings who are controlling, perceive their sibling relationship to be close. Future research pertaining to the importance of differentiating between the experience of being controlling versus controlled is discussed.
College and Department
Family, Home, and Social Sciences; Family Life
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Andrus, Lauren Elizabeth, "To Control or Be Controlled: Sibling Control and Adolescent Sibling Relationship Quality" (2021). Theses and Dissertations. 8894.
adolescent sibling relationships, sibling control, adolescent sibling relationship quality, controlling sibling, controlled sibling