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UNIT4 paper - Michelle Ahn December 7, 2007 UNIV 112; 10 AM...

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Michelle Ahn December 7, 2007 UNIV 112; 10 AM Professor Orzolek It is a common known fact that the average household with siblings is usually more hectic than that of a family with no siblings. Siblings often have endless arguments over the most miniscule things, and oftentimes these arguments will elevate to the level of physical fighting. Many parents see this as harmless behavior that could easily be resolved by impulsively interfering into their children’s disputes. However, just because the cause of the dispute is small, does not indicate that the outcome of the dispute would likewise be small. Sibling disputes are actually sensitive matters and parental interference can oftentimes worsen the relationship between siblings if not handled correctly. Sibling rivalry has more to do with the parents than any other factor. As a matter of fact, it is defined as, “the competition between siblings for the love, approval, and attention of one or both parents.” (Sawicki 1997). Siblings are almost always in a constant endeavor to be looked upon as more prominent or ‘better’ in the parents’ eyes than the other, which is why parents should be cautious when choosing to interfere with sibling disagreements. Even at an age as early as a year old, children are critical of how they are treated by their parents in comparison to their siblings (Leder 1993). Studies show that children only 18 months old, actually have a far more sophisticated social and interpersonal
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intelligence than is expected at such a young age. To examine factors that influence sibling rivalry, young children have been examined in the context of their immediate families in their homes. From 18 months old, children understand family rules and expectancies,
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This note was uploaded on 09/30/2008 for the course UNIV 112 taught by Professor Richardmurphy during the Fall '08 term at VCU.

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UNIT4 paper - Michelle Ahn December 7, 2007 UNIV 112; 10 AM...

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