Researchers at University of Missouri warn that parents should not put down fighting between their children as sibling rivalry as the reason for the fight could be an indicator of mental problems.
The researchers observed over 145 pairs of siblings between 12 and 15 years of age over a period of one year and found that most of the reasons for the fighting were about why things were not fair, the need for personal space or how they were not treated the same as their other sibling.
AdvertisementThe researchers said that those who fought over fairness or equality displayed symptoms similar to depression and anxiety one year later. "Our findings may help parents, psychologists, and others who work with and support teens to understand that all sibling conflicts are not created equally", the researchers wrote in their report.
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