Young Adults’ Closest Sibling Relationships and Interactive Technology
Vaterlaus, J. Mitchell
Bock, Sarah H.
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Sibling relationships are conceptualized as one of the longest lasting relationships, but empirical information about young adults’ sibling relationships is limited. The current study aimed to understand how young adults (n = 239) conceptualized sibling closeness and how interactive technology influenced their self-identified closest sibling relationship. Through qualitative content analysis, three themes were identified regarding experiences with sibling closeness: (1) determinate and steady features, (2) congruence in relationship expectations, and (3) communication. In a second qualitative content analysis, participants’ perceptions of how interactive technology influenced their closest sibling relationship were represented in three themes: (1) functionality, (2) technology that promotes quality communication, and (3) technology is not a benefit for sibling relationship.
J. Mitchell Vaterlaus, Madison Dodson & Sarah H. Bock (2022) Young Adults’ Closest Sibling Relationships and Interactive Technology, Marriage & Family Review, DOI: 10.1080/01494929.2022.2141943