Data from a 2-year sample of 26 families (Time 1 M ages: firstborns 3.1 years, secondborns 14 months; Time 2 M ages: firstborns 6.2 years, secondborns 3.5 years) were assessed for patterns of influence of Time 1 sibling and maternal management styles on Time 2 sibling agonism and cooperation. Time 1 sibling, but not maternal styles, influenced Time 2 interaction; specifically, a sibling social cognitive variable was associated with Time 2 agonism. The synchrony or match between maternal management and sibling behavior at Time 1 was associated with greater Time 2 cooperation and agonism. Affective quality of relationships and the synchrony of maternal management and sibling interaction and associations with longterm sibling relations are discussed.
Howe, Nina; Aquan-Assee, Jasmine; and Bukowski, William M.
"Predicting Sibling Relations Over Time:
Synchrony Between Maternal Management Styles
and Sibling Relationship Quality,"
Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Vol. 47
, Article 6.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/mpq/vol47/iss1/6