Siblings, Half-Siblings, and Stepsiblings
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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.
KeywordsFull Sibling Target Child Sibling Relationship Sibling Rivalry Percolator Effect
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