Understanding Sibling Relationships: A Hermeneutic Approach
This chapter summarizes an exploratory study of relationships between adult siblings in one large family. The study used a hermeneutic approach (Glaser, 1978; Glaser & Strauss, 1967; Strauss, 1987) in an attempt to determine how adult siblings perceived and interpreted their relationships within a family context. This exploratory approach allows insights, hypotheses, and tentative conclusions about family functioning to emerge; they can be tested more rigorously in further studies employing larger samples of smaller families more typical of present and future generations.
KeywordsSibling Relationship Sibling Group Family Decision Family Climate Telephone Communication
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