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Siblings and Sibling Relationships - Conclusion

Social Issues ReferenceChild Development Reference - Vol 7Siblings and Sibling Relationships - Individual Siblings' Temperaments, Skills That Siblings Learn From One Another, Parents' Guidance And Sibling Conflict

Conclusion

Sibling relationships are, in and of themselves, important as children relate to one another and influence the social world in which they grow and develop. The social and psychological skills that children gain through sibling interactions are also useful throughout their lives in a wide variety of other social relationships. Children's personalities can have positive or negative influences on the relationships that they develop with their siblings. Parents can also influence the nature of sibling relationships, both through direct guidance and through the types of relationships that they form with each other and with each of their children.

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