Author(s)

Michelle Maiorano

Date Approved

5-7-2010

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. School Psychology-Professional School Psychology

Department

Special Educational Services/Instruction

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Klanderman, John

Second Advisor

Dihoff, Roberta

Subject(s)

Sibling rivalry;Social skills--Study and teaching

Disciplines

Child Psychology | Student Counseling and Personnel Services

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to use social skills training on an individual child to enhance the relationship with her siblings. The social skills sessions focused on factors such warmth, rivalry, conflict and status/power between the two siblings. These were measured by the Sibling Rivalry Questionnaire which the mother filled out before the sessions began and after they were completed. The results did not find a major difference between the pre and post tests. Warmth increased slightly, rivalry decreased slightly, there was no difference in the amount of conflict, and there was a slight decrease in relative status/power from pre to post test. These factors did not seem to be affected by the social skills sessions and therefore did not improve the sibling relationship.

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