The Role of Sibling Relationships in the Development of Social Abilities

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The Role of Sibling Relationships in the Development of Social Abilities Introduction The impact of parent-child relationship, marital conflicts and the nurturance environment on child development has been a focus of literature since a considerable time period. Recently, researchers have concentrated on the role of sibling relationship quality on the overall development of an individual (Brody, 1994). This area is studied by examining a number of factors such as sibling warmth and conflict, the number, age and gender of siblings, personality of individuals along with the role of parents and several other facets. The findings are inconsistent and there are a number of variables which are seen to affect the behavior and the development of an individual. It is important to study the influence of siblings on one another because they act as the socializing agents in the life of every individual especially during the early childhood and adolescence. Siblings are seen to provide support throughout the lives especially in the difficult circumstances of the family. However, conflict between siblings is also seen to exist in several families which might be attributed to the adjustment difficulties or inappropriate behaviors of individuals in later life. Since the relations at home influence the relations in the outside world, the article titled as 'The Role of Sibling Relationships in the Development of Social Abilities' by Schneyer (2007) is the focus of this paper. This is
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