On this week’s “You’ve Got This,” I talk with Dr. Allison Buskirk-Cohen about siblings.
Dr. Allison Buskirk-Cohen is the chair of the Psychology Department at Delaware Valley University, where she primarily teaches courses on lifespan development. Allison’s research focuses on how interpersonal relationships influence well-being and academic success. She has presented at numerous academic conferences around the world. Allison’s work also has been published in peer-reviewed journals and advanced textbooks. Recently, she served as the editor of the textbook, Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Lifespan Development, 7th edition, which will be available in 2020. Overwhelmingly, her research demonstrates the power of our need to connect with others.
“Our siblings are the people who are there with us from the beginning. Siblings can be our first playmates. Parents and caregivers are wonderful but they’re obviously on a very different age group. With siblings, you can start to build a shared history of family memories together,” Allison says. “We also learn how to resolve conflicts because of course we’re not always going to get along with our siblings. Our arguments can help us learn how to negotiate, how to resolve conflict. There’s lots of things we can learn from our siblings.”
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