Sibling Relationships in Childhood and Adolescence: Predictors and Outcomes by Avidan MilevskySibling Relationships in Childhood and Adolescence: Predictors and Outcomes by Avidan Milevsky

Sibling Relationships in Childhood and Adolescence: Predictors and Outcomes

byAvidan Milevsky

Paperback | August 16, 2011

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The most long-lasting and enduring relationship an individual can develop is with a sibling. Considering the closeness in age and early association of siblings, they can bond for a lifetime. Psychologists are beginning to appreciate the sibling link and its dynamic role in a child's social development. Beyond the mother-child dyad, sibling associations are now attributed with determining cognitive faculties, emotional balance, self-sufficiency, and peer interactions.

Clarifying the complex processes of these relationships and the benefit of parental involvement, Avidan Milevsky provides a foundational text for a growing area of study. Deploying personal narrative, theoretical examinations, and empirical data, he unravels the intricacies of the sibling exchange and their function in overall family structures. He identifies the factors that make such bonds successful (or harmful) and the influence of parents in shaping these outcomes. He also evaluates the compensatory possibilities of the sibling bond when faced with the absence of a parent or friend.

Variables such as age, birth order, gender, and family size are tremendous considerations, and parents hoping to enhance the sibling bond gain immensely from understanding these predictors. Milevsky shows practitioners how to educate parents and help them apply their knowledge in practice. He particularly supplies crucial perspective on "deidentification," or conscious differentiation, in which parents encourage different life paths to minimize sibling comparison and competition. A major tool for clinicians, social service providers, and educators, this book clarifies the next frontier in child development research.

Avidan Milevsky is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in child, adolescent, and lifespan developmental psychology. He serves as director of the Center for Parenting Research and is a psychotherapist at Wellspring Counseling ...
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Title:Sibling Relationships in Childhood and Adolescence: Predictors and OutcomesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:176 pagesPublished:August 16, 2011Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231157096

ISBN - 13:9780231157094

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Table of Contents

PrefaceAcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. Structural Variables and Sibling Relationships2. Parenting and Sibling Relationships: Indirect Influences3. Parenting and Sibling Relationships: Direct Influences4. Well-being and Sibling Relationships5. Compensatory Effects of Sibling Support: Parents6. Compensatory Effects of Sibling Support: Friends7. Sibling Deidentification8. Summary, Application, and Future DirectionsReferencesIndex

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I would recommend this book to students interested in the positive, buffering effects that brothers and sisters can have on one another.