Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Blair Thompson (Director), Jennifer Mize Smith, Ellen Bonaguro

Degree Program

Department of Communication

Degree Type

Master of Arts


The study sought to explore the emerging adult sibling dyad through qualitative
inquiry. By doing so, the collected data bring new meaning to why and how emerging adult siblings communicate. Also, by including both siblings, this study sought to highlight a different perspective of sibling communication. Extant research on the emerging adulthood stage of life is limited. The current study explored the sibling dyad during this phase of life, and three themes emerged: siblings become friends, changes during emerging adulthood, conflict negotiation, and taking a parental role.


Communication | Developmental Psychology | Interpersonal and Small Group Communication | Psychology