A qualitative investigation of the sibling sport achievement experience

Jordan A. Blazo, Daniel R. Czech, Sarah Carson, Windy Dees

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Sibling relationships are often regarded as among the longest lasting connections in a persons life (Conger & Kramer, 2010). Sibling research has addressed topics such as socialization, support, and similarities and differences of siblings (e.g., Eaton, Chipperfield, & Singbeil, 1989; Horn & Horn, 2007; Whiteman, McHale, & Crouter, 2007). Scant attention has been given to how a younger sibling may be influenced by an older sibling's sport involvement. The current study explored the lived experience of an older siblings sport achievement from the perspective of a younger sibling. An open-ended phenomenological approach (Kvale, 1983) was used to gain a description of the experience of sibling achievements in sport. Participant interviews revealed an overall thematic structure consisting of both positive and negative experiences: family influence, social influence, fondness, identity, abandonment, and jealousy. These findings broaden both sibling and sport literature, while providing valuable information for researchers and practitioners.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)36-47
Number of pages12
JournalSport Psychologist
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2014


  • Achievement
  • Deidentification
  • Family dynamics
  • Phenomenology
  • Sibling influence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology


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