Sibling Development: Implications for Mental Health Practitioners

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Jonathan Caspi, PhD
Springer Publishing Company, Oct 25, 2010 - Social Science - 416 pages
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"I heartily recommend Sibling Development."--CFLE Network Newsletter (National Council on Family Relations)

Sibling relationships have a major influence on a person's development and behavior, yet, until now the topic has been seriously underrepresented in the professional literature.

Sibling Development: Implications for Mental Health Practitioners addresses this gap by examining the range of developmental, clinical, and cultural issues related to sibling relationships. It highlights positive sibling relationships as a source of strength and resilience; at the other end of the spectrum, it addresses sibling abuse, a dangerous and underdiagnosed condition. It demonstrates the crucial support that siblings can provide each other in families experiencing mental illness, substance abuse, divorce, and other stressors. It also considers issues of cultural and ethnic diversity, gender, disability, and sexual orientation as they relate to siblings and their families.

Each chapter provides case studies to illustrate how theory and empirical findings can be incorporated into culturally informed treatment, and offers implications for practice and future research. It is an essential resource for all practitioners, researchers, students, and educators who work with or study siblings.

Key Features:

  • Examines the role of siblings as cultural educators and socializing agents
  • Offers empirically derived treatment approaches for siblings and families
  • Discusses lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender siblings
  • Includes case studies to demonstrate how to integrate theory and empirical findings into practice
  • Looks at sibling dynamics in families with mental illness, substance abuse, and divorce, as well as siblings of individuals with disabilities
  • Discusses sibling relationships in transracial adoptive families


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Implications for Mental Health Practitioners Part I Overviews
Implications for Mental Health Practitioners Part II Culture Environments and Issues
Implications for Mental Health Practitioners Part III Future Directions

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Jonathan Caspi, PhD, is Associate Professor, Department of Family & Child Studies, Montclair State University. His areas of scholarship include sibling process, sibling aggression and intervention development, clinical supervision in social work, and coaching. Dr. Caspi teaches sibling relationships, child development, interpersonal relationships, and family counseling courses to graduate and undergraduate students. He is also an experienced family therapist and parent consultant. Dr. Caspi maintains a small private practice that includes family counseling, clinical social work supervision, and parent consultation services.

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