Sibling Bullying Associated With Anxiety, Depression in Victims

Bullying has been a hot topic as of late, but bullying amongst siblings goes unnoticed or is defined as “normal.” Generally, parents seem to tolerate siblings bullying each other, even when they would not tolerate it among peers. A new study conducted by the University of New Hampshire found that one-third of the participating children were victims of some type of sibling bullying: physical, verbal abuse like name-calling, or having belongings taken and/or damaged. The data also showed that when comparing peer versus sibling aggression, both increased mental distress. Researchers concluded that all aggression should be considered possibly harmful and not normal or unimportant, and this message should be included in parent education.

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