Siblings versus parents and friends

Longitudinal linkages to adolescent externalizing problems

I.N. Defou, L. Keijsers, S.T. Hawk, S.T.J. Branje, J.S. Dubas, K.L. Buist, T. Frijns, M.A.G. van Aken, H.M. Koot, P.A.C. van Lier, W.H.J. Meeus

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Abstract

Background
It is well documented that friends' externalizing problems and negative parent–child interactions predict externalizing problems in adolescence, but relatively little is known about the role of siblings. This four-wave, multi-informant study investigated linkages of siblings' externalizing problems and sibling–adolescent negative interactions on adolescents' externalizing problems, while examining and controlling for similar linkages with friends and parents.
Methods
Questionnaire data on externalizing problems and negative interactions were annually collected from 497 Dutch adolescents (M = 13.03 years, SD = 0.52, at baseline), as well as their siblings, mothers, fathers, and friends.
Results
Cross-lagged panel analyses revealed modest unique longitudinal paths from sibling externalizing problems to adolescent externalizing problems, for male and female adolescents, and for same-sex and mixed-sex sibling dyads, but only from older to younger siblings. Moreover, these paths were above and beyond significant paths from mother–adolescent negative interaction and friend externalizing problems to adolescent externalizing problems, 1 year later. No cross-lagged paths existed between sibling–adolescent negative interaction and adolescent externalizing problems.
Conclusions
Taken together, it appears that especially older sibling externalizing problems may be a unique social risk factor for adolescent externalizing problems, equal in strength to significant parents' and friends' risk factors.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)881-889
JournalJournal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry
Volume54
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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Defou, I. N., Keijsers, L., Hawk, S. T., Branje, S. T. J., Dubas, J. S., Buist, K. L., ... Meeus, W. H. J. (2013). Siblings versus parents and friends: Longitudinal linkages to adolescent externalizing problems. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 54(8), 881-889. https://doi.org/10.1111/jcpp.12049
Defou, I.N. ; Keijsers, L. ; Hawk, S.T. ; Branje, S.T.J. ; Dubas, J.S. ; Buist, K.L. ; Frijns, T. ; van Aken, M.A.G. ; Koot, H.M. ; van Lier, P.A.C. ; Meeus, W.H.J. / Siblings versus parents and friends : Longitudinal linkages to adolescent externalizing problems. In: Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. 2013 ; Vol. 54, No. 8. pp. 881-889.
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Defou, IN, Keijsers, L, Hawk, ST, Branje, STJ, Dubas, JS, Buist, KL, Frijns, T, van Aken, MAG, Koot, HM, van Lier, PAC & Meeus, WHJ 2013, 'Siblings versus parents and friends: Longitudinal linkages to adolescent externalizing problems', Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, vol. 54, no. 8, pp. 881-889. https://doi.org/10.1111/jcpp.12049

Siblings versus parents and friends : Longitudinal linkages to adolescent externalizing problems. / Defou, I.N.; Keijsers, L.; Hawk, S.T.; Branje, S.T.J.; Dubas, J.S.; Buist, K.L.; Frijns, T.; van Aken, M.A.G.; Koot, H.M.; van Lier, P.A.C.; Meeus, W.H.J.

In: Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, Vol. 54, No. 8, 2013, p. 881-889.

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