Sibling Relationships in Childhood and Adolescence
The most long-lasting and enduring relationship an individual
can develop is with a sibling. Considering the closeness in age and
early association of siblings, they can bond for a lifetime.
Psychologists are beginning to appreciate the sibling link and its
dynamic role in a child's social development. Beyond the
mother-child dyad, sibling associations are now attributed with
determining cognitive faculties, emotional balance,
self-sufficiency, and peer interactions.
Clarifying the complex processes of these relationships and the
benefit of parental involvement, Avidan Milevsky provides a
foundational text for a growing area of study. Deploying personal
narrative, theoretical examinations, and empirical data, he
unravels the intricacies of the sibling exchange and their function
in overall family structures. He identifies the factors that make
such bonds successful (or harmful) and the influence of parents in
shaping these outcomes. He also evaluates the compensatory
possibilities of the sibling bond when faced with the absence of a
parent or friend.
Variables such as age, birth order, gender, and family size are
tremendous considerations, and parents hoping to enhance the
sibling bond gain immensely from understanding these predictors.
Milevsky shows practitioners how to educate parents and help them
apply their knowledge in practice. He particularly supplies crucial
perspective on "deidentification," or conscious differentiation, in
which parents encourage different life paths to minimize sibling
comparison and competition. A major tool for clinicians, social
service providers, and educators, this book clarifies the next
frontier in child development research.
Subjects: Sociology, Psychology
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