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Sibling Relations in Family Constallations at Risk

Findings from Development-psychological and Family-psychological Studies

Sabine Walper, Carolin Thönnissen, Eva-Verena Wendt, Bettina Bergau

2010

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SPI-Materialien, Volume 7

Published by Sozialpädagogisches Institut des SOS-Kinderdorf e.V.

ISBN: 978-3-936085-67-9

Schutzgebühr: 12,50 €

This publication is out of print.

How do siblings in out-of-home care cope with separation? Under what circumstances is it appropriate to place siblings together and when not?

Beschreibung

The authors discuss the importance of sibling relations in different family forms from a family-systemic, attachment-theoretical and structural point of view. They particularly focus on family constellations at risk as well as on the consequences of sibling separation in the context of out-of-home care. Since only few surveys about siblings have been made in Germany, important stimulus for further research studies on this topic is given.

Materialien 7 is the first volume of a topic series in which the results of the international research project "Siblings in Residential Child Care" will be published successively. 

Inhaltsverzeichnis

Starting point – fragmentary sibling research and concern of the expertise
 
Sibling relations – theoretical perspectives and empirical focuses

  • Sibling relations from a systemic point of view
  • Roles and functions of siblings
  • Siblings as attachment figures from the attachment research point of view
  • Dimensions of sibling relations
  • Sibling relations in the course of life

Factors of influence on sibling relations

  • Structural features of sibling constellation
  • Correlations in the family network – congruence, compensation and favouritism

The role of sibling relations in family constellations at risk

  • Family structures at risk
  • Precarious family dynamics
  • Joint or separate placement? Siblings in out-of-home care
  • The role of sibling relations in questions of custody during separation or divorce proceedings

Conclusion and outlook

  • Opportunities and risks for and in sibling relations
  • Residential child and youth care – sibling relations in family-based care
  • Classification of findings, and future research
AutorInnen

Prof. DPhil. Sabine Walper

Born in 1956, graduate psychologist, professor for youth research at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Institute for Pedagogics, Educational and Socialisation Research. Fields of work: family and youth research, particularly research on the development of family relations, on effects of divorce and new parental partnerships on children, on impacts of poverty on family life, and development opportunities of children. Member of the German Scientific Council for Family Affairs of the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, as well as co-publisher of the review “Psychologie in Erziehung und Unterricht”.
(as published in 2010)

Carolin Thönnissen

Born in 1981, M.A., education researcher, research assistant in the research project “Panel Analysis of Intimate Relationships and Family Dynamics” (PAIRFAM), promoted by the German Research Foundation (DFG) at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich. Research focus areas: adolescence and young adult age, relations to the family of origin, parenting and education. (as published in 2010)

Dphil. Eva-Verena Wendt

Born in 1977, graduate psychologist, research assistant in the research project “Panel Analysis of Intimate Relationships and Family Dynamics” (PAIRFAM), promoted by the German Research Foundation (DFG) at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich. Research focus areas: family relations in nuclear families, families with parental divorce and conflictive families, development characteristics in adolescence, partnership development and sexuality in young romantic relations. (as published in 2010)

Bettina Bergau

Born in 1981, graduate psychologist, authorised psychological expert for family law issues, doctoral candidate at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich. Fields of work: psychological expertise and research in family court-related issues on solution-oriented assessment in family court-related proceedings. (as published in 2010)

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