OSR Journal of Student Research

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Quality of sibling relationship and Ethnicity


Elvia Hernandez


The sibling relationship is the longest relationship an individual will experience, yet it has not been well researched. Existing research has found a link between “positive” (i.e., warm and low conflict) sibling relationships and self-esteem, life satisfaction, and lower levels of anxiety and depression (Buist & Vermande, 2014). Further, studies have indicated that culture and ethnicity may impact the nature of the sibling relationship, depending on whether the cultural orientation is collectivistic or individualistic (Sabet, 2008). Yet, studies to date have not compared Hispanic vs. Caucasian sibling relationship. The purpose of this study is to compare Hispanic vs. Caucasian young adults on the following sibling variables: warmth, conflict, and how close individuals are to their sibling of choice. It is expected that compared to Caucasian young adults, Hispanics will score higher on warmth and will rank their sibling as one of their closest sources of support. Participants will be 200 female undergraduates at CSUSB (100 Hispanic, 100 Caucasian) ranging in age from 18-25 years of age. They will complete the Adult Sibling Relationship Questionnaire which assesses the quality of a sibling relationship across 18 subscales (Stocker, Lanthier, & Furman, 1997). Additionally, they will complete background information which asks about their ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and sibling information. Students will receive extra credit for participating. It is expected that the findings of this study will shed light on cultural/cultural variations in the sibling relationship, and the implications of the sibling relationship and the implications of such for sibling well-being and support.

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