Sibling Conflict

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The literature review supports the idea that violence only leads to the use of more violence, but does not seem to be sufficiently rounded to truly represent the study. The study, then, is introduced as a means of learning the resolution patterns utilized by families that are not labeled as abusive to identify the coping mechanism necessary to help families that use abusive techniques.The sample was obtained by requesting students at a large urban university get two questionnaires filled out resulting in a broad-based, non-representative sample group. The questionnaire sought information regarding the respondent’s relationships with their mother, father, and each sibling as well as information regarding how they’d characterize the relationship between their mother and father. Data obtained through these questionnaires were then sorted into three main conflict resolution strategies including discussion, verbal aggression, and physical aggression. The methods of analysis are provided within the document even while patterns, correlations, and limitations were noted and remarked upon.The findings supported the ideas behind the social learning theory, indicating that aggressive conflict resolution strategies used between the parents and by the parents while working with the children were repeated in the methods used by the children to resolve conflicts with siblings. While the actual measurements and analyses are offered within the document, plain discussion of the findings is not present. Limitations of the study are commented upon within the body of the document and further research is suggested within the conclusion, including a re-definition of the ‘normal’ family as a unit that does exist within a context of conflict.In their Research Note: Sibling Contribution to Violent Behavior (1981), researchers investigated the link between violent behavior in adults and their participation in or witnessing of violent behavior as children.