The bond siblings develop in childhood may be vastly different from the relationship that evolves in adulthood. Driven by affection but also characterized by ambivalence and ambiguity, adult sibling relationships can become hurtful, uncertain, competitive, or exhausting, though the undercurrents of love and loyalty remain.
With in-depth case studies of more than 260 siblings over the age of 40 and interviews with experts on mental health and family interaction, authors Greif and Woolley provide specific suggestions for realizing new, productive avenues of friendship in middle and later life.
Geoffrey Greif and Michael Woolley are on the faculty at the University of Maryland School of Social Work. Greif is the author of Two Plus Two: Couples and Their Couple Friendships and Buddy System: Understanding Male Friendships. Michael Woolley is director of research at the Maryland Longitudinal Data System Center and a research fellow of the Society of Social Work and Research.
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