An exceptional amount of effort, as well as, the time has been invested by Australia in putting in place the programs for the prevention of bullying, primarily across the schools.
This type of bullying is mostly neglected and tens to fly under the radar because many of the bullies, as well as, victims see it as part of the usual sibling relationship.
However, sibling bullying is different as compared to the typical sibling quarrels, teasing or playing rough. It is continuing and there is repeated use of physical or at times psychological power in order to control & dominate the other person.
In a recently published study over 6,000 children in the UK were investigated. The study explored just about every factor you could suggest in family bullying inclusive of the parent, family, and child characteristics such as the number of members in the family, social skills, and mental health of individuals, IQ level, personality, and self-esteem.
There were some surprising conclusions.
In the study, 28 percent of the children reported to being involved in sibling bullying – either being the bully, victim, or taking turns being both. The commencement of bullying commonly occurred around eight years old.
The study described sibling bullying as frequent aggressive behavior between siblings intended to cause harm, either in the form of physical, mental or social means. In order for it to be termed as bullying, the behavior must be involving any real or perceived imbalance of power.
The most robust factors which predicted whether there will be an occurrence of sibling bullying was the presence of older males, families under financial crisis or with larger numbers of siblings.
Households, where there were older boys, were at a greater risk of experiencing sibling bullying. In addition to this, houses, where the parents were in a constant bad relationship, tended to increase the odds of children experiencing bullying.