The present study examined delinquency concordance and the moderating effects of younger sibling perceptions of older sibling popularity in a sample of 587 adolescent sibling pairs. Using a social learning framework and taking dyad composition into account, perceptions of popularity were hypothesized to strengthen siblings’ concordance for delinquency. Older sibling delinquency significantly predicted younger sibling delinquency. Older sibling popularity was not important in predicting boys’ delinquency. However, perceptions of older sibling popularity directly predicted reduced delinquency for girls with older sisters. A significant interaction effect was found for girls with older brothers. Older brother delinquency predicted girls’ delinquency for girls who perceived their older brother to be relatively popular. There was no delinquency concordance for girls who perceived their older brothers to be less popular.
Craine, Jessica L.; Tanaka, Teri A.; Nishina, Adrienne; and Conger, Katherine J.
"Understanding Adolescent Delinquency:
The Role of Older Siblings’ Delinquency and Popularity
Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Vol. 55
, Article 4.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/mpq/vol55/iss4/4