The impact of siblings during talent development: A longitudinal examination in sport

Robin D. Taylor*, Howie J. Carson, Dave Collins

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Abstract

Recent studies have begun to explore the potentially positive impact of siblings on sporting talent development. This study aimed to explore potential mechanisms through which siblings impact on this process. Bimonthly interviews were conducted with 4 families over a 1-year period (parents and siblings; N = 14) during the talent development process. Findings revealed several themes (regularity of interaction, emotional interpersonal skills, rivalry, resilience, and separation) aligning with previous studies, alongside two new themes: communication and skill development. The study's longitudinal nature exposed important differences of potential mechanisms across families, highlighting the complex nature of the sibling relationship.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)272-287
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Applied Sport Psychology
Volume30
Issue number3
Early online date31 Oct 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2018

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