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Improving Sibling Relationships among Young Children: A Social Skills Training Model

Laurie Kramer and Chad Radey
Family Relations
Vol. 46, No. 3 (Jul., 1997), pp. 237-246
DOI: 10.2307/585121
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/585121
Page Count: 10
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Improving Sibling Relationships among Young Children: A Social Skills Training Model
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Abstract

A new approach to improving sibling relationships was evaluated in which social skills training was used to directly coach small groups of children (n = 21) in prosocial sibling behaviors. In comparison to a control condition (n = 21), social skills training was associated with mothers' or fathers' reports of: (1) increased warmth; (2) decreased rivalry; (3) stable levels of agonism and competition; (4) fewer problematic sibling behaviors; and (5) a reduced status/power differential between siblings. Social skills training may hold promise for setting young children's sibling relationships on a positive trajectory.

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