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Study: Sibling bullying considered 'normal' by most children, parents

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Clemson University's Tillman Hall (File/FOX Carolina) Clemson University's Tillman Hall (File/FOX Carolina)
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In a study published in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence, a Clemson University psychology professor found sibling bullying to be common and accepted, even more so than peer bulling.

Professor Robin Kowalski found 75 percent of the participants reported being bullied by a sibling, and 85 percent admitted to bullying a sibling.

Kowalski also found that among most sibling pairs, bullying is accepted as the norm. She told FOX Carolina the study should help raise awareness for parents about a type of very negative behavior that parents and children tend to minimize.

"We actually asked them how acceptable they thought sibling bullying was and how normative they thought it was, and both of those were above 50 percent in that they thought it was just something that happens in sibling relationships," said Kowalski.

Kowalski said pediatricians can be great professional resources who can talk to kids and parents about the issue.

According to Kowalski, the findings in the study were different from other bullying studies because people who had actually bullied a sibling were more ready to admit it because of the fact that sibling bullying tends to be more accepted.

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