ERIC Number: ED400105
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Aug
Parental Beliefs concerning Sibling Aggression at Home: Maternal Reports.
Piotrowski, Caroline C.; And Others
Sibling conflicts are formative opportunities for children to learn constructive conflict strategies such as negotiation and compromise; however, they also provide a forum for learning destructive strategies such as verbal and physical aggression. This study explored mothers' perceptions about how frequent, serious, and typical sibling aggression is; parental responses to aggression, including intervention strategies and emotional response; and links between parental response strategies, parents' evaluations of these strategies, and the frequency of sibling aggression. Open-ended home interviews were conducted with 30 mothers who have one preschool-age child and at least one older sibling. Mothers estimated that sibling aggression occurred an average of several times per week and that it was usually "not serious." The mothers' most common emotional response was anger, and they used a variety of strategies toward the aggression, including discussion, separation, simple commands, and punishment. Mothers who described using more high- than low-power intervention reported more frequent sibling aggression; overall, mothers felt that calm discussion was most effective. They were also more optimistic that physical aggression rather than verbal aggression would decline over time. (Contains 12 references.) (Author/EV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development (14th, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, August 12-16, 1996).