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Mortola weighs in on sibling rivalry

February 27, 2014

In an Oregonian article published this month, professor Peter Mortola offers five tips for resolving sibling disputes. He argues that parents must navigate two completing evolutionary drives in children—the desire to compete and the desire to cooperate. Mortola argues that siblings need to understand group rules in a hyper-competitive world. His advice concentrates on developing empathy, coaching siblings to a resolution, and building self-esteem.

Mortola specializes in school psychology, narrative approaches to understanding children’s problems, Gestalt theory, child development, and developmentally appropriate methods of child and adolescent counselor education. He is the co-director of Lewis & Clark’s school psychology program.

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