Eric D. Widmer

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Research on siblings

I started working on sibling relationships in my PhD thesis, following the recommandation of my mentor and friend Jean kellerhals. He rightly pointed out that very few research had been published on siblings even though they constituted one of the three subsystems of the nuclear family (along with couple and parent-child relationships). My thesis was published in 1999 at the Presses universitaires de France and got some (although modest) attention. It made me aware that three leading processes structure all family interactions: cooperation, conflict and differentiation. It also provided strong support for studying families beyond the household, a leading idea of my current research. Since then, I have kept a strong interest in sibling relationships. Currently, I am analyzing them as a crucial component of family configurations (see this research issue for latest developments)

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