Sure, we all know brothers and sisters will squabble from time to time – NIU psychology researchers say sibling conflict is normal.
But parents should be aware that the fighting can cross a line and enter bullying territory, with harmful effects.
The researchers, who study bullying in schools, provide a list of five signs that sibling fighting might be bullying and also outline ways that parents can intervene.
In a recent study, Malecki and Demaray found that bullying by siblings predicted anxiety, depression and social stress – even above and beyond peer bullying.
NIU psychology professors are regular Psychology Today contributors. Other blog entries have included:
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