Sibling Relationships - Research Article from World of Health

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The Oldest Rivalry

Many parents still believe in the myth that their children should naturally just get along, being loving, affectionate, and supportive of each other. However, the studies that do exist on siblings show that this natural amity is much more fiction than fact. The earliest research on relationships among siblings developed the common theme that brothers and sisters relate to each other mainly in a rivalrous way, competing for parental attention and status within the family unit. It is true that young siblings frequently fight with each other, putting a strain on the entire family; in fact, family psychologists report that squabbling among siblings is one of the top concerns of their clients. Rivalry between siblings received so much attention initially because Sigmund Freud theorized in 1949 that this aspect of sibling relationships was a key to subsequent personality differences. Alfred Adler suggested in 1959 that the "dethronement...

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