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News & Views - Aug, 1992 Issue 

Sibling Perceptions

Pennsylvania State University child psychologist Robert Plomin and Judy Dunn point to evidence that growing up in the same familial world actually can work to make siblings different. This is because each child has developed his or her own customized environment and unique filter that will interpret events differently. Another reason is the fierce tendency for siblings to make comparisons in how he or she is treated. Thus, evenhanded and consistent treatment by parents will still be perceived differently by different sibling because of the children seeing the same event at a different age, and this different perception will have powerful influence on personality. The advice for parents is to relax. What a parent does to and for offspring matters very much, but only in ways that canít be controlled or foreseen.

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