Transitions and transformations in sibling relationships: Characteristics of Turkish and US young adults' sibling-related turning-point memories


Kara D., Bauer P. J. , ŞAHİN ACAR B.

JOURNAL OF SOCIAL AND PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS, 2022 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1177/02654075221116793
  • Journal Name: JOURNAL OF SOCIAL AND PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, IBZ Online, International Bibliography of Social Sciences, Business Source Elite, Business Source Premier, CINAHL, ComAbstracts, Communication & Mass Media Index, Communication Abstracts, EBSCO Education Source, Educational research abstracts (ERA), Gender Studies Database, Psycinfo, Social services abstracts, Sociological abstracts, Violence & Abuse Abstracts
  • Keywords: sibling relationships, turning-point narratives, emerging adulthood, culture groups, significant relationships, GENDER-DIFFERENCES, LIFE, PERCEPTIONS, CHILDHOOD, NARRATIVES, LANGUAGE, CULTURE, SELF
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

This study investigated the narrative characteristics of Turkish and U.S. young adults' sibling-related turning-point memories across gender, age orders, and cultures. We conducted face-to-face semi-structured interviews with 45 Turkish and 27 U.S. college students who had only one sibling. Participants were asked two main narrative questions: whether they have a close and personal relationship with their sibling and there is a turning point in their sibling relationships. Participants' answers to these questions were coded on a number of narrative dimensions which are thematic categories, presence of personal relationship, direction of change in relationship quality, narrative style, transformativeness, and emotional valence. Three themes emerged in turning-point memories: developmental events, transitions, and growth; negative life events and challenges; and change in context. Results revealed no significant differences in turning-point memories between females and males, and between Turkish and U.S. populations. The findings indicated the unique role of siblings in the context of significant relationships regardless of gender and culture.