Siblings bullying leads to long lasting effects.

Essay by kyoung17High School, 10th grade October 2014

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Kassidy Young

WR 1010

Professor MacNeil

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15 October 2014

Bully in the Next Bedroom

Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. Researchers define bullying, as "acts such as name-calling, being made fun of, as well as more physical acts of violence, like being hit or kicked". This behavior is repeated over, and over again. Bullying can come in many different forms, from physical to cyber bullying. Most people deal with bullies at school, but in other cases the bully is at home and the bully is their sibling. Sibling rivalry is normal for a family that has more than one child. Sibling rivalry never gets serious, until one child begins to dominate or bully the other. Bullying among siblings is very difficult for families to discuss. The rivalry is usually due to one child feeling "less than the other" and the other child feels like a victim.

Most children, who are bullied at home, are at a high risk of being diagnosed with depression and anxiety. Some even turn to self-harm to cope with the bullying. The bullying starts when the child who usually received all the attention, is no longer receiving the attention due to the new baby. So now, the child will bully to gain the equilibrium back where the imbalance was felt.

"We believe it very likely that interventions to reduce sibling bullying would improve children's mental health in the longer term." (Lucy Bowes) The most damaging

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bullies are close to home. The sibling bullying consists of making fun, teasing and physically hurting the other sibling. The study from the University of Oxford consisted of 2,000 children in the UK. The children were asked if a sibling has...