Counseling, Psychology, & Special Education
School of Education
Matthew J. Bundick
sibling, family, identity, personality, career, birth order, development
This synthetic literature review examines the characteristics of sibling configurations— which refer to the ordinal position of siblings, age spacing, and sex composition—in a traditional family setting. A general review of the literature on sibling configurations and relationships is presented, and their potential roles in the development of personality traits, self-concept and identity, and career choices are explored. This synthesis describes how sibling birth rank is affiliated with generalized personality traits and likelihood of siblings with these traits identifying with corresponding career interest-types associated with Holland’s vocational theory. Suggestions for future research include empirical studies investigating these connections, such the use of qualitative studies that examine the insights and experiences of all sibling groups, including those that represent less traditional configurations.
Sullinger, A. (2017). The Role of Sibling Configuration in Identity and Career Development (Master's thesis, Duquesne University). Retrieved from https://dsc.duq.edu/etd/206