Dr. Avidan Milevsky is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania and a psychotherapist at Wellspring Counseling in Towson, MD. He serves as the director of the Center for Parenting Research at KU. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in child and adolescent development. His research on families, parenting, and siblings has produced over 100 papers presented at conferences in the United States, Canada, and Europe. He has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and is a contributor to the Encyclopedia of Adolescence. His book on siblings titled “Sibling relationships in childhood and adolescence: Predictors and outcomes” was published in the summer of 2011 by Columbia University Press. He has been interviewed by local and national media about his work including stories in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and Allure Magazine.
In a survey we conducted at the Center for Parenting Research we found that the greatest source of stress for parents was when their children fight. This blog will focus on the benefits of sibling relationships, what families can do to enhance this link, and on what adults can do to repair broken sibling bonds.