Sibling violence and agonistic interactions experienced by early adolescents

Bruce Roscoe, Megan P. Goodwin, Donna Kennedy

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Negative physical and verbal interactions occurring between early adolescents and their closest-spaced sibling were examined. Two hundred forty-four junior high school students provided information concerning their experiences as victims and perpetrators of aggressive and agonistic behaviors. Results confirm earlier studies' findings that siblings engage in numerous hostile interactions and that females and males perform these behaviors to an almost equal extent. Participants' self-reports suggest that parents may underestimate sibling use of physical force to resolve conflicts. Findings indicate there is further need to examine sibling interactions in order to better understand family functioning and family violence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-137
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Family Violence
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1987


  • agonistic interactions
  • conflict
  • conflict resolution
  • sibling violence


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