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ERIC Number: EJ868442
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1520-3247
Harnessing the Power of Sibling Relationships as a Tool for Optimizing Social-Emotional Development
Stormshak, Elizabeth A.; Bullock, Bernadette M.; Falkenstein, Corinna A.
New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, n126 p61-77 Win 2009
Sibling relationships provide one of the most stable and powerful developmental contexts for the transmission of both prosocial and antisocial behavior. As a source of support and skill development, sibling relationships can build competence in self-regulation and emotional understanding. However, sibling relationships marked by antisocial behavior, substance use, and conflict place children at risk for a host of negative outcomes. Family relationship features, particularly parenting practices and discord, contribute strongly to both the quality of sibling relationships and children's well-being. Our review of intervention strategies reveals that the potential of sibling relationships to promote socioemotional development may be best realized through family-centered approaches that build prosocial sibling interactions, curtail child behavior problems, and strengthen parenting. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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