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Family troubles?Exploring changes and challenges in the family lives of children and young people$
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Jane Ribbens McCarthy, Carol-Ann Hooper, and Val Gillies

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447304432

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447304432.001.0001

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The trouble with siblings: some psychosocial thoughts about sisters, aggression and femininity

The trouble with siblings: some psychosocial thoughts about sisters, aggression and femininity

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(p.173) Chapter Fourteen The trouble with siblings: some psychosocial thoughts about sisters, aggression and femininity
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Family troubles?
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Helen Lucey

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447304432.003.0014

This chapter offers a psychoanalytically-informed psychosocial perspective on aggression between sisters, illustrated by case studies from a qualitative study of children and young people’s sibling relationships. While aggression is commonly associated with harm (and indeed, often defined as involving the intent to harm) and also with masculinity, the chapter highlights the centrality of ordinary aggression to relationships with self and others, as much for girls as for boys, and its creative uses in family relationships for the development of identity and individuality.

Keywords:   Siblings, Sisters, Aggression, Psychosocial, Relationships, Identity

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