A recent study on sibling bullying within the family reinforced my suspicions on the subject. The study released by the Institute for Social and Economic Research [ISER] at the University of Essex along with the University of Warwick revealed some interesting statistics on bullying, including:
- 50% of children age 11 to 15 are involved in sibling bullying within their home
- Those children who are slapped or shouted at by their parents are more likely to bully their own siblings
- The likelihood of sibling bullying increases with the number of children in the family
- Middle children are more likely to be involved in bullying behavior, and youngest children are least likely to be involved in bullying behavior
- Parents’ wealth, education level or type of family (two biological parents, step parents, single parents) did not contribute significantly to the likelihood of bullying behavior
- Sibling bullying at home increases the likelihood of bullying in school
In my opinion, the most alarming statistic is that 50% of families are dealing with sibling bullying in some way, shape or form. I had no idea this destructive behavior was so prevalent, and I feel for those children who must deal with this destructive and demoralizing behavior. The findings of this study prove the need to stop bullying through the implementation of effective anti-bullying programs aimed not only at school bullying, but also at bullying occurring between siblings within the home.
Have you been a victim of sibling bullying yourself, and do the findings of this study hold true for you as well?
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