What Causes Sibling Rivalry? An Evolutionary Perspective

Siblings are frequently found fighting over the best toy, the favorite toy, or the last cookie. But at first glance, sibling rivalries do not make sense from an evolutionary perspective - they share similar genes, so they should be inclined only to ...

Oct 14

Categories: Child Development, Family Problems, Parenting


6 Steps for Dealing With Adult Sibling Rivalry

How to reset your family system to address lingering hard feelings.

Jun 23

Categories: Aggression & Violence, Blended Family Issues, Family Problems


12 Tips to Build a Stronger Sibling Bond

How to help your children have as many positive interactions as you can.

Jun 9

Categories: Family Problems, Relationships & Marriage


Why Family Hurt Hurts So Much

Family hurt seems more painful to us than hurt caused by our friends. Our instincts have been proven right, because family hurt is actually more painful.

Apr 4

Categories: Family Problems


Family Intervetion effective for children

Psychologists have found that children and adolescents with major depression or subthreshold forms of bipolar disorder - and who had at least one first-degree relative with bipolar disorder - responded better to a 12-session family-focused treatment ...

Dec 28

Categories: Bipolar, Child and/or Adolescent Issues, Family Problems, Mood Swings ...


Empty nest syndrome: The long goodbye

Full-blown empty-nest syndrome - debilitating grief and loss of purpose - is mercifully rare, but that doesn't mean the transition isn't still painful and complicated, as well as exciting and discombobulating. How do parents acknowledge the past and ...

Nov 19

Categories: Family Problems, Parenting


Does a "Bad Apple" Spoil the bunch?

Siblings bear majority of the responsibility for the spread of problem behaviors. Identifying the exact nature of that influence has proven difficult, because behavior problems in siblings can also be traced to friends, shared genetics and shared ...

Nov 17

Categories: Child and/or Adolescent Issues, Family Problems


Can divorced parents still act like parents?

For millions of parents who raise children in two homes, tricky problems and emotional volatility often greatly complicates their negotiations. The pain of lost love can propel former partners to act impulsively out of hurt, anger or spite. The fear ...

Oct 22

Categories: Child and/or Adolescent Issues, Divorce / Divorce Adjustment, Family ...


Bad relationships increase risk of infection in both mother and child

Pregnant women dissatisfied in their relationship have an increased risk of infectious diseases. This also affects their children.

Oct 19

Categories: Child Development, Family Problems


The Science of a Happy Family - Leisure Time

Family fun often means new activities and destinations but a new study suggests leisure time spent at home in familiar pastimes may be a better route to happiness.

Oct 19

Categories: Family Problems, Happiness


Parents who think failure is harmful to learning have children who ...

Children respond better to learning setbacks when they believe that ability and intelligence are malleable – that is, when they have what psychologists call a "growth mindset" rather than a "fixed mindset". This immediately raises the question of ...

Jun 13

Categories: Family Problems, Learning Difficulties


Kids' Grades Can Suffer When Parent Is Depressed

Recently, a large Swedish study showed that grades may decline, too, when a parent is depressed.

Apr 8

Categories: Depression, Family Problems, Parenting


Revealing the Hidden Pain of Family Estrangement

What happens when you cut ties with your family, or your family cuts ties with you? The high emotional and psychological cost of family estrangement.

Dec 23

Categories: Family Problems


Family violence can affect children even before birth, royal ...

Professor Louise Newman, director for women's mental health at Melbourne's Royal women's hospital, and Dr Robyn Miller, a social worker and family therapist, told the commission children could be affected by family violence even before they were ...

Jul 25

Categories: Aggression & Violence, Domestic Violence, Family Problems


Sibling bullying 'linked with later mental health disorders'

A new study has found that children who revealed they had been bullied by their brothers or sisters several times a week or more during early adolescence were twice as likely to report being clinically depressed as young adults.

Sep 20

Categories: Child Development, Family Problems