Year: 2021 | Month: June | Volume 10 | Issue 2

Sibling Relationship during Middle Adulthood Years: A Qualitative Analysis

Madhur Katoch Raj Pathania


The present investigation was an attempt to study the qualitative and in depth relationship among siblings of middle age through case study method. A representative sample of 20 middle-aged adults between the age of 40-60 years were selected from Udaipur city of Rajasthan state of India. These 20 respondents were selected from the main sample of 240 on the basis of all the five typologies i.e. Intimate, Congenial, Loyal, Apathetic and Hostile generated from Adult Sibling Relationship Scale. The results reveled that Loyal and Apathetic type of relationship between brother-brother dyad are guided by societal expectations, parental favoritism and property dispute that affected the relationship. Life transitions leads to congenial relationship among brother-sister dyad. Sister-sister dyad reported intimate relationship resulting out of emotional closeness. Sister-brother dyad showed hostility because of the discrimination and parental favoritism faced by sister during her childhood years. Results also highlighted that middle aged adults do confide in or share their matters with their sibling,but the sharing is mostly superficial.


  • Life transitions and various factors shape the nature and dynamics of sibling relations during adult years
  • Contact among siblings during middle years is guided by obligations rather than through discretion.
  • Adult middle aged have a sense of emotional security, comfort and psychological wellbeing by having a sibling in their life.
  • Property inheritance, envy or long time resentments leads to disputes or conflicts

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