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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 people develop has been dramatically under-emphasised in the literature on child development. Drawing together new and established research, this accessible text shows that these relationships are crucial to professionals' under-standing of the children and the families they work with.
Sibling Relationships offers a theoretically grounded and culturally
sensitive account of the many complexities of sibling relationships, emphasising 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 connections between brothers and sisters. It examines a range of adverse circumstances for children and families - substance abuse, domestic violence, loss, disability and mental illness - considering how sibling relationships are affected by these circumstances, and how relationships with siblings might help to promote resilience in children. Practice notes provide examples of how sibling relationships can become an important focus in the work of professionals.
This is the first book to link knowledge of sibling relationships to the practice of working with families. It will be important reading for anyone interested in children and families, including students and professionals in the areas of social work, counselling, applied social studies and childhood studies.

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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