Sibling Bullying: What’s the Big Deal?

Sibling bullying is a type of violence that is prevalent in the lives of most children, but little is known about it, researchers say. Clemson University psychology professor Robin Kowalski said the phenomenon has been overlooked. Kowalski and and co-author Jessica Skinner explored the extent to which sibling bullying is viewed to be normal and the perceived differences between victims and perpetrators. They recently published their findings in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence. The purpose Read More

Editorial: Family violence – Start with education

Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose’s decision to highlight family violence in her first speech to the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) has particular resonance in Saskatchewan – the province with the worst record on this issue. Ambrose, who took on her new role in a cabinet shuffle last month, told the CMA’s annual meeting in Calgary Monday that spousal violence – along with elder and child abuse and other family violence – has “far-reaching” harmful effects Read More

Sibling aggression, often dismissed, linked to poor mental health

“It’s not fair!” “ “You’re not the boss of me.” “She hit me!” “He started it.” Fights between siblings — from toy-snatching to clandestine whacks to being banished from the bedroom — are so common they’re often dismissed as simply part of growing up. Yet a new study from researchers at the University of New Hampshire finds that sibling aggression is associated with significantly worse mental health in children and adolescents. In some cases, effects Read More

Parents: sibling fights can lead to mental health problems

As a pediatrician, I haven’t made a big deal about fights between siblings. Because of a study just released, I have decided to make a bigger deal about it. Brothers and sisters fight–it’s pretty universal. I don’t think I’ve ever met a family with more than one kid where the kids didn’t fight, sometimes a lot. So over the years, when families have told me about sibling fights, what I’ve done is a.make sure there Read More