Sibling Influences

  • Judith F. Dunn
Part of the Genesis of Behavior book series (GOBE, volume 6)


About 80% of children grow up with siblings—individuals with whom they are deeply and often uncomfortably familiar, who share the daily intimacies, pleasures, and problems of family life, and who are competitors for the affection and attention of their parents. Siblings do not choose to live together; they are forced to do so. Tension and hostility, as well as affection, are engendered by this combination of intimacy and familiarity, as the extremely uninhibited aggression and affection expressed by young siblings reveals. It is a “no-holds-barred” relationship.


Child Development Birth Order Young Sibling Sibling Relationship Pretend Play 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Judith F. Dunn
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  1. 1.Department of Human Development and Family Studies, College of Health and Human DevelopmentPenn State UniversityUSA

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