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Siblings: how do they affect each other's social and educational understanding and development?

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  • Submitted: 19/06/2006
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Siblings: how do they affect each other's social and educational understanding and development?

"No psychologist is needed to point out the passion, fury and jealousy that is expressed so uninhibitedly by siblings"

Approximately 80% of British people have a sibling or siblings, and they always seem to cause each other trouble. Anyone with siblings will know all about the fighting; stealing each others' toys and colouring books; kicking each other under the dinner table and quarrelling horribly in the back of the car on long trips. Think of Cain and Abel - they must have really irritated one another. And yet the sibling relationship is one of the most unique and intense relationships that any of us will ever experience due physical proximity and daily interactions during the younger years; the (normally) shared genetic and social heritage; the shared history of experiences within a family context - and it is one of the longest relationships that most people will have in their entire lives, be it harmonious or hellish. Siblings undoubtedly profoundly affect each other's social and educational perceptions through a number of factors that will be explored in this essay.

König (1970) stated

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