Sibling relationships and their role in human life



The article presents the results of studies of sibling relations from different approaches. The articles included in this review concern the nature of relationships with brothers and sisters at different ages, its role in the development of aggressive and prosocial behavior, attitudes to oneself and one’s body, life satisfaction. Sibling relationships are analyzed in the context of the entire family system. It is noted that sibling relationships are involuntary, stable and characterized by a high degree of spontaneity. It is shown that the nature of communication with brothers and sisters is associated with the well-being of a person and the peculiarities of his/her adaptation in childhood, adolescence and adulthood.

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Keywords: brothers, sisters, siblingship, sibling relations, order of birth

Journal rubric: Social Psychology

Article type: review article


Received: 30.06.2021


For citation: Bulygina M.V. Sibling relationships and their role in human life [Elektronnyi resurs]. Sovremennaia zarubezhnaia psikhologiia = Journal of Modern Foreign Psychology, 2021. Vol. 10, no. 4, pp. 147–156. DOI: 10.17759/jmfp.2021100414. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Maria V. Bulygina, PhD in Psychology, associate professor at the chair of child and family psychotherapy department of psychological counseling, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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