Sibling aggression is the most common form of family violence, yet it remains hidden and confused with sibling rivalry. Numerous studies have linked sibling aggression and abuse to worse mental and physical health and problematic interpersonal relationships with parents, peers, and romantic partners.
The Sibling Aggression and Abuse Research and Advocacy Initiative promotes awareness of sibling aggression and abuse and provides guidance on how to prevent and reduce their occurrences. This initiative grows out of calls for increased awareness of sibling victimization given its pervasiveness and harmfulness.
Latest from SAARA
The long-term impact of sibling aggression on adults: Childhood sibling dynamics can negatively impact adult well-being
Being hurt or mistreated by a sibling in childhood can have long-term consequences on well-being and the quality of adult relationships. In this post on Psychology Today, SAARA researchers discuss these long-term impacts and what clinicians need to know. Read More
When does sibling fighting become harmful? How to recognize sibling aggression and abuse
Sibling aggression and abuse are rarely recognized, but if left unaddressed, they can have lifelong negative impacts on mental health and lead to family estrangements. In this post on Psychology Today, SAARA researchers explain when parents should be concerned. Read More
Patterns of sibling aggression and mental health in childhood and adolescence
A new study by SAARA researchers in the Journal of Family Trauma, Child Custody & Child Development shows that children chronically victimized by their siblings experience more severe physical aggression and are at heightened risk for mental health distress. Read More
- Demographic Variation in Sibling Aggression and Abuse (SAARA Bulletin #5)
- What is the Line: When Does Sibling Conflict, Teasing, and Roughhousing Become Something More Serious? (SAARA Bulletin #4)
- Sibling Aggression and Abuse: Recommendations and Resources for Parents and Professionals (SAARA Bulletin #3)
- Recommendations for Parents on Managing Sibling Conflict and Aggression (SAARA Bulletin #2)
- Disentangling Sibling Rivalry from Aggression and Abuse (SAARA Bulletin #1)