Preschool children's interactions with friends and older siblings: relationship specificity and joint contributions to problem behavior.

@article{McElwain2005PreschoolCI,
  title={Preschool children's interactions with friends and older siblings: relationship specificity and joint contributions to problem behavior.},
  author={Nancy McElwain and Brenda L. Volling},
  journal={Journal of family psychology : JFP : journal of the Division of Family Psychology of the American Psychological Association},
  year={2005},
  volume={19 4},
  pages={486-96}
}
The primary aim of the present study was to examine the extent to which friend and sibling relationship quality jointly contribute to children's behavioral adjustment. Preschool-aged children (N = 52) were observed separately with a friend and an older sibling during a free-play session and a sharing task. Mean comparisons indicated that friendship dyads, on average, engaged in more complex social play and more intense conflict (but only during free play), whereas sibling dyads were… CONTINUE READING