Siblings, Half-Siblings, and Stepsiblings



Although the bulk of stepfamily research focuses on children, only minimal attention has been paid to the potential changes that can occur as a result of adding stepsiblings and half-siblings to children’s family constellations. Many researchers identify a target child when collecting and analyzing stepfamily data so little is known regarding how siblings may be differentially affected by remarriage. In this chapter we present sibling definitions, a brief summary of the research on siblings in stepfamilies, and suggestions for future research.


Full Sibling Target Child Sibling Relationship Sibling Rivalry Percolator Effect 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of MissouriColumbiaUSA

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