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Sibling Fights: More Than Just Kid Stuff

Brothers and sisters often battle, but is this a benign rite of passage or something that can cause real developmental problems? A recent study suggests that we may be writing off these behaviors too quickly. Read More

THis is a very informative

THis is a very informative article. ALthough I do not blame her as a person whatsoever, I was the youngest child in a two child family and my older sister (we are four years apart) was much more distant emotionally and at times extremely aggressive in comparison to me and I am just now coming to grips with much of what I did not understand about the emotional difficulites I have experienced as a result, at least to a small extent by these experiences. My father experienced at times brutal bullying from his oldest brother and his other friends in the 1960s where he and other children were much less supervised in times of play and it's lingering psychological effects that he was not able to address until the past few years have caused extreme emotional trauma. I do agree that children will fight or not get along from time to time, but violence and it's lingeing effects can no lnger be dismissed as simply normal development. I am addtionally a high school teacher and I literally see these effects.


I would bet that sibling aggression is more significant in what it tells us about a family's dynamics. Something is going on in a family where the kids fight nastily.

That was my thought, as well.

That was my thought, as well. If kids are fighting in ways that are damaging long term, I'd bet money there is also a general environment of poor parenting and other stresses.

Biology of the incest taboo?

I'm an only child but, while in grade school, I was struck by how my two best buddies despised their sisters. As an adult I thought this was part of the biology of the incest taboo. Hmm.

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David Rettew, M.D., is a child psychiatrist at the University of Vermont and author of Child Temperament: New Thinking about the Boundary between Traits and Illness.


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