Born to be friends: Siblings and relocation


Underwood, Sarah (2018). Born to be friends: Siblings and relocation. 2018 Add Health Users Conference. Bethesda, MD.


Using the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health) dataset, the effect of sibling relationships on relocation adaptation was investigated. Using propensity score matching, matched groups of 7,500 movers and non-movers were assessed to investigate how long-term negative outcomes of relocation were affected based on existence of siblings, sibling gender, and sibling age. Longitudinal regressions conducted suggest that while siblings overall predict decreased psychiatric stress, sibling gender and age gap significantly predict changes in delinquent behavior and substance use. The results suggest great potential for insight into how adolescents cope after relocation and who they rely on for support during a tumultuous time.

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Conference proceeding

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2018 Add Health Users Conference


Underwood, Sarah

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Bethesda, MD

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