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ERIC Number: ED412003
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
Pages: 7
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The Nature of Sibling Conflict during Middle Childhood.
Vespo, Jo Ellen
Individuals first learn about conflict as children, within relationships with parents, siblings, and peers. Sibling and peer interaction may be contexts within which children learn how to manage conflict successfully with members of both the same and opposite sex. The goals of this study were to provide normative data on sibling and peer conflict during middle childhood and to explore linkages between sibling and peer relationships. Target children were observed separately with siblings and peers. Conversations were audiotaped, transcribed, and coded for conflict episodes, precipitating events, and final resolution strategies. In general, conflicts were verbal rather than physical in nature. Children most often simply dropped conflict and resumed harmonious interaction. Children had fewer, shorter, and less physical conflicts with peers than with siblings. Sibling configuration and relationship type affected final resolution strategy. Concession occurred more often in families with older sisters as opposed to older brothers. However, in peer interaction, concession occurred more often with children from families with younger brothers rather than younger sisters. Inspection of the data showed that choice of resolution strategy may be related to success of the strategy within a particular relationship. (Contains 13 references.)(Author/EV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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