Title

Sibling Closeness after Family Member Death

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Campus where you would like to present

Ellensburg

Event Website

https://digitalcommons.cwu.edu/source

Start Date

16-5-2021

End Date

22-5-2021

Keywords

Family member death, sibling relationships, emerging adults

Abstract

Previous literature has found that siblings who lose a parent at a young age consider themselves close regardless of contact due to the permanence of losing a parent. Few studies examine the relationship between family member death and sibling closeness among young adults, and tend to focus on one sibling dynamic, limiting generalizability. The current study explores the potential association of family member death on sibling closeness, and the association between family closeness and sibling closeness. Using quantitative survey methods, the current study examined the differences in sibling closeness between emerging adults (N = 402) who reported losing a family member after the age of 12 and those who did not. Results indicated that siblings who did not lose a family member (M = 3.71, SD = .61) were slightly closer than those who did (M = 3.61, SD = .70), though differences were not statistically significant. Among participants who experienced a loss, there was no association between sibling closeness and closeness to the deceased (r = .10, p < .05). Among those who lost a family member, there was a significant association between sibling closeness and family closeness (r = .24, p > .01 ) and a significant association between sibling closeness and family contact (r = .14, p > .05). Findings suggest more research is required to understand the relationship between family member death and sibling closeness. Winner, Education and Professional Studies Presentation Award.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Sarah Feeney

Department/Program

Family and Consumer Sciences

Additional Mentoring Department

https://cwu.studentopportunitycenter.com/sibling-closeness-after-family-member-death/

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May 16th, 12:00 PM May 22nd, 12:00 PM

Sibling Closeness after Family Member Death

Ellensburg

Previous literature has found that siblings who lose a parent at a young age consider themselves close regardless of contact due to the permanence of losing a parent. Few studies examine the relationship between family member death and sibling closeness among young adults, and tend to focus on one sibling dynamic, limiting generalizability. The current study explores the potential association of family member death on sibling closeness, and the association between family closeness and sibling closeness. Using quantitative survey methods, the current study examined the differences in sibling closeness between emerging adults (N = 402) who reported losing a family member after the age of 12 and those who did not. Results indicated that siblings who did not lose a family member (M = 3.71, SD = .61) were slightly closer than those who did (M = 3.61, SD = .70), though differences were not statistically significant. Among participants who experienced a loss, there was no association between sibling closeness and closeness to the deceased (r = .10, p < .05). Among those who lost a family member, there was a significant association between sibling closeness and family closeness (r = .24, p > .01 ) and a significant association between sibling closeness and family contact (r = .14, p > .05). Findings suggest more research is required to understand the relationship between family member death and sibling closeness. Winner, Education and Professional Studies Presentation Award.

https://digitalcommons.cwu.edu/source/2021/CEPS/25