Harnessing the Power of Sibling Relationships as a Tool for Optimizing Social-Emotional Development
Sibling relationships provide one of the most stable and powerful developmental contexts for the transmission of both prosocial and antisocial behavior. As a source of support and skill development, sibling relationships can build competence in self-regulation and emotional understanding. However, sibling relationships marked by antisocial behavior, substance use, and conflict place children at risk for a host of negative outcomes. Family relationship features, particularly parenting practices and discord, contribute strongly to both the quality of sibling relationships and children's well-being. Our review of intervention strategies reveals that the potential of sibling relationships to promote socioemotional development may be best realized through family-centered approaches that build prosocial sibling interactions, curtail child behavior problems, and strengthen parenting.
- "Many workers have realized if the prosocial aspects of the sibling experience can be consolidated and enhanced through family-based interventions, the outcomes for children in adolescence are likely to be more successful (Caspi, 2011). After reviewing a range of intervention strategies, Stormshak, Bullock, and Falkenstein (2009) concluded that socio-emotional development in children may best be influenced if sibling relationships can be improved " through family-centered approaches that build prosocial sibling interactions, curtail child behavior problems, and strengthen parenting " (p. 61). "
[Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: This paper focuses on the socialisation process of female heirs" pathways to leadership in family businesses. Findings from the first part of a two stage study which considers female succession to management from the family unit"s perspective are presented. An ecological model of the family socialization process which takes into account the family unit in the business is adopted. Little systematic research has been conducted which seeks to understand the contextual and individual factors that project women into positions of leadership within the family firm (Sharma, 2004:14). Findings suggest that daughters are socialised in various ways.0Comments 0Citations
- "The authors are not aware of where this approach has been considered before in the context of the family business. Furthermore systemic views of parenting acknowledge that parenting does not occur in a vacuum (Stormshak et al. 2009) and that the sibling subsystems and other subsystems provide a unique and powerful influence that can promote, detract, or be independent from parents " efforts to socialize their children (for reviews, see Brody, 1998; Volling, 2003). Considering the " business " as another subsystem in this complex socialization process could, it was felt, shed some light on how the processes later influenced leadership and succession of women in the family business. "
- [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Few studies have distinguished similarities and differences between continuing bonds as they appear in various bereaved populations, particularly parent versus sibling cohorts following a child's death. This mixed-method study compared how parents and siblings experienced continuing bonds in 40 families who lost a child to cancer. Thirty-six mothers, 24 fathers, and 39 siblings were recruited 3-12 months post-loss (M = 10.7, SD = 3.5). Nearly all participants (97%) reported engaging in purposeful bonds with deceased children, while only 14% reported nonpurposeful connections. Over half of participants (58%) experienced comforting effects from reminders of the deceased child, whereas only 10% of family members experienced discomforting effects. Mothers communicated with the deceased, thought about the deceased, and did things that the deceased child would have liked more often than siblings. Mothers also reported significantly more comforting effects than siblings. Additional research is needed to further delineate continuing bonds for different types of loss and examine associations with positive and negative outcomes for bereaved individuals.0Comments 20Citations
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