Journal of Child and Family Studies

, Volume 18, Issue 4, pp 447–453

Sibling Conflict Resolution Skills: Assessment and Training

Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10826-008-9248-4

Cite this article as:
Thomas, B.W. & Roberts, M.W. J Child Fam Stud (2009) 18: 447. doi:10.1007/s10826-008-9248-4


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 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Mountain States Counseling & Psychological ServicesBoiseUSA
  2. 2.Psychology DepartmentIdaho State UniversityPocatelloUSA

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