"Historically [sibling bullying] has been accepted as something that's
normal, as something that's benign. Oftentimes it's just dismissed.
Some people actually view it as a good thing, thinking it teaches
kids how to fight and develop conflict resolution skills."
~ Corrina Jenkins Tucker
|Sibling bullying can be as detrimental as peer bullying,|
a new research study claims. (photo credit)
"'This study is the first to unequivocally show that sibling aggression is connected to mental health problems among youth,'Swearer said. 'In order to effectively treat mental health problems in youth, parents and mental health providers must recognize and understand the role that sibling aggression plays.'"The study, at times, references this behavior as "sibling bullying". Although bullying, as a whole, has been looked at in great detail, this aspect of it is an entirely new one for researchers to focus on. For those of us with more than one child, it may also feel like an entirely new thing to be concerned about.