Original Paper

Journal of Child and Family Studies

, Volume 18, Issue 4, pp 447-453

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Sibling Conflict Resolution Skills: Assessment and Training

  • Brett W. ThomasAffiliated withMountain States Counseling & Psychological Services
  • , Mark W. RobertsAffiliated withPsychology Department, Idaho State University Email author 

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Sibling conflict can rise to the level of a clinical problem. In Phase 1 a lengthy behavioral role-play analog sampling child reactions to normal sibling conflicts was successfully shortened. In Phase 2 normal children who lacked sibling conflict resolution skills were randomly assigned to a Training or Measurement Only condition. Training consisted of five clinic sessions focusing on verbal reasoning, assertiveness, and acceptance skills. Trained children outperformed Measurement Only children on the shortened role-play test. Parents of trained children, but not untrained children, perceived improved social competence in the home. The project provides an empirical foundation for future research with aggressive siblings.


Children Siblings Aggression Social skills