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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Sibling Relationships

Theory and Issues for Practice

ISBN 9780333964101
Publication Date June 2004
Formats Hardcover Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave

The impact of sibling relationships on how we develop has been dramatically underemphasized in the literature on child development. Drawing together new and established research, this accessible text contends that sibling relationships are crucial to professionals' understanding of the children and families they work with. It offers a theoretically grounded and culturally sensitive account of the many-facetted complexities of sibling relationships, emphasizing the significance of these for practice and the ways in which the effectiveness of work with children and families can be enhanced by promoting positive sibling relationships.

ROBERT SANDERS is lecturer in child welfare and child development at University of Wales, Swansea. He is the author of The Management of Child Protection (Ashgate 1999) and co-author, with Matthew Colton and Margaret Williams, of An Introduction to Working with Children (Palgrave 2001).

Sibling Relationships: The Big Picture
Sibling Relationships in the Family Context
Changing Understandings of Sibling Relationships
The Quality of Sibling Relationships
Family Support and Sibling Relationships
Abuse and Sibling Relationships
Loss and Sibling Relationships
Into Practice
Appendix A: Genogram in a Complex Family Situation
Appendix B: Assessing Sibling Relationships in Practice


'The book is well organised and the key questions are set out clearly and logically. It should prove a valuable addition to a practitioner's library about family life' - Adoption & Fostering
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