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Sibling rivalry, or antagonism between brothers and sisters, may be short-lived or last a lifetime. Sibling rivalry may also cross over into different forms of bullying and violence. This article tells about types of sibling rivalry, causes, and effects of sibling rivalry.
What Are the Different Types of Siblings?
Siblings - brothers and sisters in the same family - may have many different types of relationships based on circumstances. They may be as close in age as a few minutes, if they are twins, or born as much as 20 or more years apart. They may be full siblings, half siblings (if they share a parent), or step-siblings if they are in the same family only because their parents married after they were born. Siblings may spend their childhoods together, even sharing a room, or - in the case of siblings by marriage - barely know each other if one of them has, for example, already left the family home for college. In addition, there are identical and fraternal twins, who may relate to each other differently, and siblings that are boys, girls, or a boy and a girl. The total number of siblings in the house is another variable.
What Is Sibling Rivalry?
Sibling rivalry refers to the negative aspects of relationships between brothers and sisters and may include jealousy, competition, and verbal or physical fighting (or both). Sibling rivalry is often temporary, but in some cases, may last a lifetime. In some cases, the rivalry is over some specific thing, such as a parent's attention - though the children might not be able to articulate that. In other cases, fighting between siblings can come about through the simple fact of emotional immaturity, a dynamic that is difficult for the child to deal with, as well as temporary factors that can make children particularly irritable and unable to work out their issues with each other smoothly.
What Are the Causes of Sibling Rivalry?
There can be a number of different causes of sibling rivalry:
What Are the Effects of Sibling Rivalry?
Sibling rivalry can have a variety of effects:
"Sibling Abuse," University of Michigan Health System: med.umich.edu
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