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Predictors of sibling violence

Department of Psychology

About the Project

Sibling violence has been documented to be one of the most widespread forms of childhood violence. Research also indicates that experience of sibling victimisation can result in poor mental health, low self-esteem, delinquency, aggression, and substance abuse. In spite of the prevalence and serious long-term consequences of sibling violence, the phenomenon has been largely neglected by social researchers, especially among non-American samples. To systemise research in the area, Hoffman and Edwards (2004) introduced the Integrated Theoretical Model of Sibling Violence and Abuse, which explains how certain intrafamilial relationships and individual sibling characteristics can be related to sibling violence. The primary goal of this project will be to empirically test the model to build a better understanding of the predictors of sibling violence.

Funding Notes

Self funded or externally sponsored students only. Intakes are usually October and March annually.

NB The University has some scholarships under competition each year. More details can be found - View Website


Hoffman, K. L., & Edwards, J. N. (2004). An integrated theoretical model of sibling violence and abuse. Journal of Family Violence, 19(3), 185-200.

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