Social Support Compensation: The Protective Role of Siblings

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 4,7
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Session 2: Promoting Social and Emotional Development

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. learn about how social support perceived by adolescents from parents, peers, and siblings relates to psychosocial outcomes.
  2. understand how social support from siblings may buffer or compensate for a lack of support from parents or peers.
  3. learn more about the how family relationships are an important asset for students.


Social support is important to the well-being of adolescents and is negatively associated with depressive symptoms; however, support from siblings is a less frequently studied source of support compared to support from teachers, peers, and parents (Rueger et al., 2016). The current study will investigate how social support from siblings may compensate for possible deficits in support from peers at school or parents at home. Implications for practice will be discussed.



Samantha Coyle, Montclair State University
Kelly N. Clark, Louisana State University
Christine K. Malecki, Northern Illinois University
Molly M. McDade, Northern Illinois University

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