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Coping with sibling rivalry
Cohen, Shari.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Rosen Pub. Group, 1989.
Physical Description:
viii, 143 pages ; 23 cm.

Defines sibling rivalry and discusses how it can manifest itself, how it affects the brothers and sisters involved, and how it can be handled.
General Note:
Includes index.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 6.8 6.0 12977.
Subject Term:
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BF723.S43 C64 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Defines sibling rivalry and discusses how it can manifest itself, how it affects the brothers and sisters involved, and how it can be handled.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

The strength of sibling relationships lasts far beyond the years of childhood. In a thoughtful account, Cohen examines sibling rivalry, defines it, and discusses it in a forthright, noncondescending manner, probing the reasons rivalry may occur and its effects on the brothers and sisters involved. Quoting experts in the field and teens who are currently experiencing problems, she presents methods for handling various situations. She also discusses birth order, step-siblings, jealousy, conflicts, substance abuse, and sick or disabled siblings, offering practical advice and emphasizing the need for open communication in families. Hers is a positive approach that stresses love and acceptance of self and others. Bibliography; index. Gr. 7-12. --Mary Romano Marks

School Library Journal Review

Gr 8-12-- A book that is informative, helpful, and interesting. Cohen uses a relaxed, personal, one-on-one style that breeds a comfortable ``big sister'' feeling in its readership. Solid pages of unillustrated text may seem somewhat intimidating initially, but Cohen's approach to topics such as birth order, stepsiblings, jealousy, quarrels, substance-abusing siblings, sick or disabled siblings, and strengthening sibling bonds provide readable and practical suggestions for dealing with existing and potential family problems. First-person accounts are interspersed throughout. Cohen occasionally introduces her own familial situations and parental perspective to encourage parent-child communication and foster an understanding of the parent as an imperfect and struggling individual. Throughout, communication and empathy are stressed as major keys to all successful interpersonal relationships. This may need help getting into the hands of teen readers, but once there, it will be a gentle, useful source of guidance and will provide much food for discussion and thought. --Celia A. Huffman, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Cleveland (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.