A qualitative investigation of the sibling sport achievement experience

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

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Abstract

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
Pages (from-to)36-47
Number of pages12
JournalSport Psychologist
Volume28
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

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Keywords

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

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  • Applied Psychology

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A qualitative investigation of the sibling sport achievement experience. / Blazo, Jordan A.; Czech, Daniel R.; Carson, Sarah; Dees, Windy.

In: Sport Psychologist, Vol. 28, No. 1, 01.01.2014, p. 36-47.

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Blazo, Jordan A. ; Czech, Daniel R. ; Carson, Sarah ; Dees, Windy. / A qualitative investigation of the sibling sport achievement experience. In: Sport Psychologist. 2014 ; Vol. 28, No. 1. pp. 36-47.
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