This week on Bringing Up Britain, Mariella Frostrup and guests explore sibling rivalry, how parents should deal with it and whether it can be ended.
Sibling rivalry is a well-documented phenomenon. Recent research suggested that in many circumstance this rivalry can have a positive effect on children’s development, for example in developing their social understanding and ability to converse about emotions. This seemed to occur even when the children’s relationship might not appear overly positive.
However, a large study in the USA has reported that children who reported sibling aggression (e.g. psychological or mild physical assault) also reported greater mental health distress. They argued that sibling aggression is too often dismissed as being harmless.
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