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Adult-sister relationships : the effect of childhood sibling experiences in the context of the family realm

Author: Beryl D Goldman
Publisher: 2006.
Dissertation: Ph. D. University of Delaware 2006
Edition/Format:   Thesis/dissertation : Thesis/dissertation : eBook   Computer File : English
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The purpose of the study was to identify the extent to which childhood experiences and events influenced the relationships between two sisters in their adulthood. Through individual and dyad interviews, common themes emerged: family topics, such as family history, family relationships, finances, and religion; parental expectations and involvement; and women's relationships with siblings, primarily with participating  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Case studies
Material Type: Thesis/dissertation, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Beryl D Goldman
ISBN: 9780542720383 0542720388
OCLC Number: 79844708
Notes: Principal faculty advisor: Bahira Sherif Trask, Dept. of Individual and Family Studies.
Details: Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Responsibility: Beryl D. Goldman.
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The purpose of the study was to identify the extent to which childhood experiences and events influenced the relationships between two sisters in their adulthood. Through individual and dyad interviews, common themes emerged: family topics, such as family history, family relationships, finances, and religion; parental expectations and involvement; and women's relationships with siblings, primarily with participating sisters. This qualitative study was conducted with thirty-six women between the ages of 33 and 65 years of age. Using qualitative methodology permitted the researcher access to stories and recollections of their relationships and their experiences during childhood. It also provided the opportunity to explore their perspectives on how the relationship changed over the years and gave them the time to respond with as much detail as they wanted to share. The theoretical approach applied to this study was the life-course perspective. It focused on how historical and societal factors, combined with personal characteristics, created a deeper understanding of each of the women and their unique life-course patterns. It identified the importance of generational relationships and outside influences on the development of each person and the relationships that were developed, molded, and interwoven throughout the various stages of their lives. The life-course perspective offered a fullness and richness to the conclusions of the study. The results of the research indicated a strong sense of support and association between sisters in larger families with four or more siblings, a sense of importance with their father's expectations of them, and memories of their fathers' involvement in their lives during childhood. In no situation did positive childhood memories with the sister result in poor relationships with each other in adulthood. Little or no honest discussion occurred between the sisters on topics related to one or both of the women's negative perceptions of their sisters' lifestyles, sexuality, or financial decision making. This study had multiple limitations, such as limited sample size, lack of diversity among the dyads, and inclusion only of sisters who communicated with each other; but it offered opportunities for further research with more diverse populations, and may assist in implementing interventions.

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