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What issues can lead to sibling rivalry?

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Sometimes, small issues can turn into major battles and strain a sibling relationship. Here are some of them:

  • Attention: Kids misbehave to get parents’ attention if they feel like they’re being ignored.
  • Sharing: Siblings have to share sometimes, but giving up a favorite possession to a sibling can be hard.
  • Unique personalities: Differences in temperament, age, and gender can lead to clashes.
  • Fairness issues: Feelings of unfair treatment and sibling jealousy can lead to resentment.

From: Sibling Rivalry WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

KidsHealth: "Sibling Rivalry."

Lerner, R. , John Wiley & Sons, 2004. Handbook of Adolescent Psychology

University of Florida, IFAS Extension: "Sibling Rivalry."

Ohio State University Extension: "Understanding Sibling Rivalry."

Iowa State University: "Understanding Children: Sibling Rivalry."

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on February 13, 2018

SOURCES:

KidsHealth: "Sibling Rivalry."

Lerner, R. , John Wiley & Sons, 2004. Handbook of Adolescent Psychology

University of Florida, IFAS Extension: "Sibling Rivalry."

Ohio State University Extension: "Understanding Sibling Rivalry."

Iowa State University: "Understanding Children: Sibling Rivalry."

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on February 13, 2018

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