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Subject: psychological dynamics of sibling relationship
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Movies and Film
Asked by: magdalene-ga
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Posted: 29 Aug 2003 13:57 PDT
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Question ID: 250294
What are books and literary sources, theatre, movies and film, myth,
paintings, current events, etc. that depict and/or address the theme
of psychological relationships among siblings - brother/brother,
sister/sister, brother/sister, twins, etc.?  I am teaching a course on
the importance of sibling relationships and want to use as much
imagery as possible to enhance the theory.  Thank you for your
Subject: Re: psychological dynamics of sibling relationship
Answered By: digsalot-ga on 30 Aug 2003 13:04 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello there

A rather wide open question in that most any image of siblings can
have a "psychological" implication.  So, here goes.  You will find a
wide mix in many categories.  Some, of course, will have stronger
impact than others, depending on what it is exactly you are trying to

Headings are:
1 - Siblings graphics
2 - Twin graphics
3 - Twins with special psychological needs - graphics
4 - Non-pictorial material including video, books, essays and papers
5 - Theater and film

1 - Siblings graphics - From Univeristy of
Pennsylvania - This picture is from the
early 1960s - From - From Stanford
University, brother, sister, and mother.  If the one in the middle
turns out to simply be an older sister, I'm in deep trouble. - From "Children Today
- The Bond of Siblings" - "But now they're 19 and 17 years old,
respectively, and their mother, Debbie, says the girls' relationship
has taken on a new dimension...."Now they're a bit more in competition
with each other - even jealous," she says." - - The article is here: - "Christina Applegate's
Siblings Kyle & Alisa Applegate" - I have no idea who the guy in the
middle is. - From - From
University of Michigan -
a commercial portrait from "Album and Portrait Photography by Patricia
Gagne - Adult siblings - 
From a membership site at AOL - "drcarlperrin" - A photo from
1972 - Just a personal observation which maybe is out of line, but I
think I see two imps in there. - From - Our first painting
in the list - "The artist and brother at Santa Monica beach" - There
are some more paintings of them here: - From artist
Diane Detrick Bopp - Image from "The
Whole Child Project" - If you want additional information about
them: - From
children's Portrait Awards, Fuji Film - From John - "three of our
youngins...the wild bunch in a rare moment of tranquility." - by Bill
Black - "Scouts and Their
Siblings" - From Cub Tracks Online
- The Revs. Mary Ann Warden and James Nageak, ordained sister and
brother ministers, Barrow. - From Utqiagvik Presbyterian Church -
photograph was taken in the summer of 1986 - "My brother, my sister
and I" -   From University of Wisconsin - From - A
cartoon, but it seems so likely - From VCL Art Compo
- From about 1875 - we go back in history a bit.
- another from the same source as the above.
- "The Pogmiller Family" - back in time again for this one.  The
Pogemiller siblings, in angled rows from left: First, Anne, Will,
Minnie Second, Mary, Carrie, Charles and Sarah Third, Emma and Lydia
(Photo contributed by Marlene Sanders Sargent) - D'Amico siblings in
Roma Piazza Novona  - From D'Amico's Italian Market Cafe - their
website: - and I'm hungry. - Called "My
Siblings" - from The Buggely List where you have to talk like Yoda.
- another trip back in time. - The McDonald Siblings - From The Ellen
Payne Odom Genealogy Library Family Tree
- another bunch from the same website.
- cartoon time again - the faces are quite expressive - From - cartoon - well, we don't
all have to be human, do we? - From Tutrinariana Holt Homepage - Siblings
 Harry, Nell, Ella Mae, Henry, taken 1947 at Smithville, OK  - From
Dr. John Pinkston Starr and family - "A photograph
of the Schmitt children, left to right: Francis, Viola, and Otto"
(courtesy of Kenneth and Thomas Young). - From The Bakken Library and
Museum -
picture of a future Nobel Laureate - Charles Towns is on the right and
seemed preoccupied even then. - From UC Berkeley - Vocations
call. - "Jesuit Father Mark Scalese and Immaculate Heart of Mary
Sister Patricia Scalese, siblings 11 years apart in age, both cite the
examples set by their parents, teachers and the clergy and religious
who became mentors and friends." - From William R. Genello Catholic
Light Editor - Another painting
-  Siblings 1998 78" X 62" 0/C (private collection) - by Michael

2 - Twins graphics - Twins - "Twin sons of Capt.
Marty Welch and Margaret Welch. Louis Martin Welch and Laurence A.
Welch were born May 31, 1903 in Gloucester, Massachusetts." - From
Wally's Web Page - Twins - "Sports
science students Sally and LauraLawrance will graduate from the same
subject with the same result on 19 July. The twins have followed
similar paths to university and have both achieved a 2:1 degree in
sports science and physiology at Leeds and representing the University
in two sports." - From Leeds University - Twins - From
Stationery from the Dog House - Twins - myth - the Constellation
Gemini - Castor and Pollux, the twin half-brothers in Greek mythology
who give the constellation its name. Castor and Pollux were born to
Leda, the queen of Sparta in Greece; however, the twins had different
fathers. Castor was the son of Leda's husband, the king of Sparta, and
Pollux was the son of the Greek god Zeus.  - From Hands on
Astrophysics - Twins - Painting
demonstrating that twins may be total opposites - Twins, oil on
canvas, 36 x 70in. (92 x 178cm) From MoserArt - Twins - they are facing them off young
in this one - From The Shinty Website - Development Programme -
Twins - From PBS - "Simple-minded identical twins Cora and Clarice
have spent 15 long years yearning for power, a longing that Steerpike
exploits to his own ends. Manipulating their envy of Lord Groan and
his family, he convinces them to wreak destruction upon Gormenghast --
and with it their brother, the Earl." - I'm not too happy with this
one, but it is part of the program. - "Tobacco company signs Thai
twins in endorsement deal" - - "The Htoo twins, those notorious Thai
criminal masterminds and religious cult leaders, may have recently
lost their latest battle with the Thai military. But they've score a
major victory in product endorsement!  The twins, Johnny and Luther,
are 12-years old." - Twins - "The
identical twins from Bolivar, a small town south of Cleveland near
Canton, have been confusing people, sometimes on purpose, since their
arrival in University Circle in the fall of 1998." - more about them
here: - Twins -
cartoon - From - Twins - From Penn
State - You may want some additional information from here: - Twins -  From - Twins - From
Unidentified Persons Page - Twins - They come in all shapes
and sizes. - From - Twins -
cartoon - "Twins holding hands" - From "Twins Help" - Twins -
they even make it into science fiction - From - Twins - patriotic
"conditioning" begins early - from Tutsi Rolls" Kids First Inc
- Twins - a historic photo from Stanford University - "THE CAROLINA
TWINS had two strikes against them from the start. Born in 1851,
Millie and Christine McKoy were joined at the lower spine, and their
parents were slaves. Yet their life turned out to be an astonishing
victory over adversity." - more here: - Twins - girls
in a yard - From Evil Twin Publications's.jpg
- Twins - The Two Sexyist Twins At Teske's - From Teske's Germania - Twins - "Jackie’s
your basic type A personality. Joy’s a type B. And, according to
MacKenzie, those differences became clear at an early age." - more
here: -
Twins - Poster from University of Iowa

3 - Twins with special psychological needs - "Eng and Chang Bunker
were born in Siam (modern day Thailand) in 1811. They were born
connected by a small band of flesh in the chest area, and barely
escaped death by execution. "  The painting is watercolor on ivory - -
more here: - Indian
siamese twins - 19th century
photo of joined twins - From Brian Mackenzie-Hanson, Mackenzie-Hanson
Consultancy & Design - actually a page from a
comic - by Yuko Shimizu - Violet
and Daisy, San Antonio Siamese Twins - From the Smithsonian - the
Gibb sisters - more about them and more photos; - family bliss - joined
twins with wives and children - From
More photos here:

4 - Non-pictorial material including video, books, essays and papers. 
Some of these items require you purchase them.  You may also extract
some graphics as some of the material is illustrated.  Many of the
books will have author, publisher and publication dates but no online
presence.  This is material you can probably find through your local
library or by contacting the publisher.

An Initial Look at Sibling Reports on Children's Behavior: Comparisons
with Children's Self-Reports and Relations with Siblings' Self-Reports
and Sibling... Catherine C. Epkins [1,2] From Journal of Abnormal
Child Psychology, October 01 1999 by Catherine C. Epkins, Angela M.M.
Dedmon Page(s): 15

Sibling relationship quality: its causes and consequences. 
Characteristic identifications between family process and individual
children are analyzed. A model is introduced to provide researchers
with the intrapersonal... From Annual Review of Psychology, January 01
1998 by Gene H. Brody
Page(s): 20

Relationship Quality of Aggressive Children and Their Siblings: A
Multiinformant, Multimeasure Investigation.(Statistical Data Included)
Benjamin Aguilar From Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, December
01 2001 by Benjamin Aguilar, Kathryn M. O'Brien, Gerald J. August,
Suzanne L. Aoun, Joel M. Hektner
Page(s): 15

Sibling collusion and problem behavior in early adolescence: Toward a
process model for family mutuality.(Abstract)
Sibling collusion is a process by which siblings form coalitions that
promote deviance and undermine parenting. Collusive sibling processes
were identified... From Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, April 01
2002 by Bernadette Marie Bullock, Thomas J. Dishion
Page(s): 16

The childhood we have lost: when siblings were caregivers, 1900-1970.
In large numbers of working- and lower-middle-class households, for
much of the first two-thirds of the twentieth century, children were
generally cared... From Journal of Social History, September 22 2002
by Eunice G. Pollack
Page(s): 32

Effect of sibling perception of differential parental treatment in
sibling dyads with one disabled child.
Objective: To examine sibling perception of parental differential
treatment in families of children with pervasive developmental
disorder (PDD), Down... From Journal of the American Academy of Child
and Adolescent Psychiatry, December 01 1998 by Lucille Wolf, Sandra
Fisman, Deborah Ellison, Tom Freeman
Page(s): 11

Involvement with and Role Perception Toward an Adult Sibling With and
Without Mental Retardation.(Statistical Data Included)
The study compared 76 non-disabled mid-age siblings of persons with
mental retardation with a matched group of 69 siblings of persons
without mental... From Journal of Rehabilitation, April 01 2001 by
Arie Rimmerman, Ruth Raif
Page(s): 11

Stepliving for Teens: Getting Along with Stepparents, Parents, and
BLOCK, Joel D. & Susan S. Bartell. Stepliving for Teens: Getting Along
with Stepparents, Parents, and Siblings. 199p. (Plugged in Series).
Price/Stern/Sloan.... From School Library Journal, August 01 2001 by
Lisa Denton
Page(s): 1

"Siblings Without Rivalry: How to Help Your Children Live Together So
You Can Live Too" - This is a book by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish. 
The title pretty much says it all.  You may buy it here for $10.40:

Brothers' Keepers and Philip's Siblings: The Poetics of the Sidney
Family.(16th century family of Sir Philip Sidney)(Critical Essay)
I have to fill a double space. I have to be my brother as well as
From Criticism, September 22 1999 by Elizabeth Mazzola
Page(s): 25

Relationship Quality of Aggressive Children and Their Siblings: A
Multiinformant, Multimeasure Investigation.(Statistical Data Included)
Benjamin Aguilar From Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, December
01 2001 by Benjamin Aguilar, Kathryn M. O'Brien, Gerald J. August,
Suzanne L. Aoun, Joel M. Hektner
Page(s): 15

Birth Order 
The chronological order of sibling birth in a family. 
From Gale Encyclopedia of Childhood and Adolescence, January 01 1995
Page(s): 2

Address siblings' emotional issues during illness: offer opportunities
for kids to learn. (Focus on Pediatrics).
Children who are diagnosed with a life-threatening illness frequently
have their world turned upside down, and health care professionals and
parents... From , November 01 2001
Page(s): 2

Chronic sorrow: siblings of children with disabilities have needs too.
(Expert Speaks Out).
"I was told my sister's autism was not my fault, but even in years to
come I believed we were bonded with one another and that anything I
achieved was... From The Brown University Child and Adolescent
Behavior Letter, November 01 2002 by Susan Roos
Page(s): 4

Carving out two identities: Turner unveils very different programming
slates for siblings TNT, Superstation. (Programming).(Turner
Broadcasting splits... Carving out two identities: Turner unveils very
different programming slates for siblings TNT, Superstation.
(Programming).(Turner Broadcasting splits... From Broadcasting &
Cable, April 29 2002 by Allison Romano
Page(s): 2

Sibling influence, gender roles, and the sexual socialization of urban
early adolescent girls.
This study examined whether older siblings influence early adolescent
girls' sexual socialization. Participants were 180 girls, 12 to 14
years old, from... From Journal of Sex Research, February 01 2003 by
Jennifer L. Kornreich, Kimberly D. Hearn, Giovanna Rodriguez, Lucia F.
Page(s): 17

Stop sibling rivalry - Focus on the individual - From City Parent,
Tue, Nov 5, 2002

Getting Along: Sibling Fights - From Lesia Oesterreich Family Life
Extension Specialist Human Development & Family Studies
Iowa State University

I'd Rather Have an Iguana  - for children 4-6 having to cope with a
new baby in the family - You may purchase it for $10.47 - "From
Publishers Weekly: In Mario's (You Don't Always Get What You Hope For)
familiar story, the girl narrator would prefer an iguana to her new
baby brother. She is not amused by his "alien" looks, his
commandeering of her former crib or his stinky diaper pail."

Birth Order Blues : How Parents Can Help Their Children Meet the
Challenges of Birth Order (The author raises parents' awareness of the
impact of birth order upon children and suggests ways to resolve or
circumvent potential problems relating to birth order issues). - You
may purchase it for $10.47

Ohio State University Extension Factsheet - Helping Older Siblings
Adjust to Their Baby Sib

Brothers and Sisters : Born to Bicker? (Teen Issues) (An intriguing
entry in the Teen Issues series focuses on the interaction between
brothers and sisters: "The sibling relationship has much to do with
how we feel about ourselves, as well as how we relate to others
throughout our lives.") You may purchase for $20.95

Ant Plays Bear (Easy-To-Read) - You may purchase this for $11.19 -
used $2 - ages 4-8 - "The tender, easy-to-read stories double as
touching vignettes about the nuances of older/younger brother

Beckman, P. (Ed.). (1996). Strategies for Working with Families of
Young Children with Disabilities. Baltimore: Paul. H. Brookes.

Bluebond-Langner, M. (1996). In the Shadow of Illness: Parents and
siblings of the chronically ill child. Princeton: Princeton University

Bruce, E.J. & Schulz, C.L. (2001). Nonfinite loss and grief: A
psychoeducational approach Baltimore: Paul H Brookes Publishing Co.

Buchner, L. (in press). My brother is sick ... again! [contact Carenet
- +61 8 03 95723629].

Chase, N.D. (Ed.) (1999). Burdened Children: Theory, research, and
treatment of parentification. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications.

Cicirelli, V.G. (1995). Siblings with mental retardation, illness or
disability. IN Sibling Relationships Across the Life Span (pp
137-149). Plenum Press: New York.

Cook, P. (1999). Supporting Sick Children and Their Families. London:
Bailliere Tindall.

Davis, H. (1993). Counselling Parents of Children with Chronic Illness
or Disability. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

Dick, H.M., Roye, D.P., Bushman, P.R., Kutscher, A.H., Rubenstein,
H.B. & Forstenzer, F.K. (Eds.) (1988). Dying and Disabled Children:
Dealing with Loss and Grief. New York: Hayworth Press, 69-79.

Dunst, C.J., Trivette, C.M., & Deal, A.J. (1988). Enabling and
Empowering Families: Principles and Guidelines for Practice.
Cambridge, MA: Brookline Books.

Dyregrov, A. (1991). Grief in Children: A handbook for adults. London:
Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Fullwood, D. & Cronin, P. (1986). Facing the Crowd: Managing other
people’s insensitivities to your child. Melbourne: Royal Victorian
Institute for the Blind School.

Goetze, J.(2000).Dolphin Dance. Fitzroy, Vic: Black Dog Books.

Griffiths, K. (1997). P.S. This Accident has Changed Everyone and
Everything: A guide to understanding head injury. Melbourne: Shannon

Harris, S.L. (1994). Siblings of Children with Autism: A guide for
families. Bethesda, MD: Woodbine.

Hornby, G. (1994). Counselling in Child Disability: Skills for working
with parents. London: Chapman & Hall.

Johnson, J.T. (1994). Hidden Victims/ Hidden Healers: An Eight-stage
Healing Process for Families and Friends of the Mentally Ill (2nd
ed.). Edina, MN: PEMA Publishers Inc., Doubleday.

Klein, S.D. & Schleifer, M. J. (Eds). (1993). It Isn’t Fair! Siblings
of children with disabilities. Westport, CT: Bergin & Garvey.

Laird, E. (2001). Red Sky in the Morning. Boston: Pan Macmillan. 

Lobato, D. J. (1990). Brothers, Sisters, and Special Needs:
Information and activities for helping young siblings of children with
chronic illnesses and developmental disabilities. Baltimore: Paul H.

McHugh, M. (1999). Special Siblings. New York: Hyperion Press. 

McKissock, D. (1998) The Grief of Our Children. Sydney: ABC Books. 

Meyer, D. (Ed.). (1997). Views from Our Shoes: Growing up with a
brother or sister with special needs. Bethesda, MD: Woodbine.

Meyer, D. J., & Vadasy, P. F. (1994). Sibshops: Workshops for brothers
and sisters of children with special needs. Baltimore: Paul H.

Meyer, D. J. & Vadasy, P. F. (1996). Living with a Brother or Sister
with Special Needs: A book for sibs. (2nd edn.). Seattle: University
of Washington Press.

Moorman, M. (1992). My Sister’s Keeper: Learning to cope with a
sibling’s mental illness. New York: W.W. Norton and Company Inc.

Morgan, J. D. (1990). The Dying and Bereaved Teenager. P.A.: The
Charles Press

Pennells, M. & Smith, M.C. (1995). The Forgotten Mourners: Guidelines
for working with bereaved children. London: Jessica Kingsley

Peterkin, A. [illust. Middendorf, F.](1992). What About Me ?: When
brothers and sisters get sick. New York: Magination Press.

Powell, T.H. & Gallagher, P.A. (1993). Brothers and Sisters - A
Special Part of Exceptional Families. (2nd ed.) Baltimore: Paul H.

Quittner, A.L. & DiGirolamo, A.M. (1998). Family adaptation to
childhood disability and illness. IN R.T.Ammerman, J.V. Campo et al
(Eds.). Handbook of Pediatric Psychology and Psychiatry, Vol 2:
Disease, Injury & illness. (pp70-102). Boston, MA, USA:Allyn & Bacon

Richey, D.D. & Wheeler, J.J. (2000). Inclusive Early Childhood
Education. New York: Delmar Thomson Learning.

Schultz, C.L. & Schultz, N.C. (1997). Care For Caring Parents.
Camberwell, Vic.: The Australian Council for educational Research.

Schultz, C.L. & Schultz, N.C. (1997). Care For Caring Parents:
Leader’s Manual. Camberwell, Vic.: The Australian Council for
educational Research.

Seligman, M. & Darling, R. (1997). Ordinary Families, Special
Children. A systems approach to childhood disability. New York: The
Guilford Press.

Siegel, B. & Silverstein, S. (1994). What About Me? Growing up with a
developmentally delayed sibling? New York: Plenum Press.

Simons, R. (1987). After the Tears. Parents talk about raising a child
with a disability. Florida: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.

Silverman, P.R. (2000). Never Too Young to Know: Death in children’s
lives. New York: Oxford University Press. (pp150-189).

Singer, G.H.S., & Powers, L.E. (1993). Families, Disability and
Empowerment: Active coping skills and strategies for family
interventions. Baltimore: Paul Brookes.

Smith, D. (2001). On Bear Mountain. Melbourne: Collins Publishers. 

Stoneman, Z. & Berman, P. (Eds). (1993). The Effects Of Mental
Retardation, Disability, And Illness On Sibling Relationships:
Research issues and challenges. Baltimore: Paul Brooks.

Strohm, K.E. (in press). Siblings: Brothers and sisters of children
with special needs. Adelaide, South Australia: Wakefield Press.

Thompson, M. (1992). My Brother, Matthew. USA:Woodbine House. 

Turnbull, A. & Turnbull, H. (1978). Parents Speak Out: Views from the
other side of the two-way mirror. Columbus: Charles E Merrill
Publishing Co.

Werlin, N. (1994). Are You Alone On Purpose? Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

Woodward, J. (1998). The Lone Twin: Understanding twin bereavement and
loss. New York: Free Association Books Ltd.

Sibling Rivalry: A Psychologist Speaks 
An interview with a psychologist and her controversial view on sibling
rivalry. She also addresses the issue in light of the single parent.
By Vera Rabie-Azoory WebMD Live Events Transcript Archive

The Sibling Voice - By Helle Thorning, M.S., C.S.W. & Ellen P. Lukens,
M.S.W., Ph.D. = From New York City Voices July/August 1999

Journals  - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 

Bendor, S.J. (1990). Anxiety and isolation in siblings of paediatric
cancer patients: The need for prevention. Social Work in Health Care,
14(3), pp 17-35.

Berkovic, S. (1986). Exploring the differences: A support group for
brothers and sisters of children with intellectual disabilities.
Australian Social Work, 39(1), pp 27-30.

Breslau, N. & Prabucki, K. (1987). Siblings of disabled children.
Archives of General Psychiatry, 44, pp 1040-1046.

Brett, K. (1988). Sibling response to chronic childhood disorders:
Research perspectives and practice implications. Comprehensive
Paediatric Nursing, 11(43), pp 43-57.

Brookman, B. (1988). Parent to parent: A model for parent support and
information. Topics in Early Childhood Education, 8(2), pp 88-93.

Burke, P. & Montgomery, S. (2000). Siblings of children with
disabilities: A pilot study. Journal of Learning Disabilities, 4(3),

Call, D. (1990). School-based groups: A valuable support for children
of cancer patients. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 8(1), pp 97-118.

Coughlin, B., Carr, A. & Fitzgerald, M. (1998). Factors related to the
adjustment of siblings following sudden infant death. Irish Journal of
Psychology, 19(2-3), 295-312.

Cohen, M.S. (1999). Families coping with childhood chronic illness: A
research review. Families, Systems & Health, 17(2), pp 149-164.

Cunningham, C., Betsa, N., Gross, S. (1981). Sibling groups:
Interaction with siblings of oncology patients. American Journal of
Paediatric Haematology/Oncology, 3(2), pp 135-139.

Damiani, V. (1999). Responsibility and adjustment in siblings of
children with disabilities: Update and Review. Families in Society:
The Journal of Contemporary Human Services, Jan-Feb, pp 34-40.

Daniels, D, Moos, R.H., Billings, AG, & Miller, J.J. III. (1987).
Psychosocial risk and resistance factors among children with chronic
illness, healthy siblings, and healthy controls. Journal of Abnormal
Child Psychology, 15(2), pp 295-308.

Dempsey, I. (1996). Facilitating empowerment in families with a member
with a disability. Developmental Disabilities Bulletin, 24(2), pp

Derouin, D., Jessee, P. (1996). Impact of a chronic illness in
childhood: Siblings perceptions. Issues in Comprehensive Paediatric
Nursing. 19, pp 135-147.

Dominic, K. (1993). Left out in the cold. Paediatric Nursing, 5(3), pp

Dyson, L., Edgar, E., Crnic, K. (1989). Psychological predictors of
adjustment by siblings of developmentally disabled children. American
Journal on Mental Retardation, 94(3), pp 292-302.

Dyson,L. (1998). A support program for siblings of children with
disabilities: What siblings learn and what they like. Psychology in
the Schools, 35(1), 57-65.

Evans, J., Jones, J., & Mansell, I. (2001). Supporting siblings:
Evaluation of support groups for brothers and sisters of children with
learning disabilities and challenging behaviour. Journal of Learning
Disabilities, 5(1), pp 69-78.

Fisman, S., Wolf, L. (1991). The handicapped child: Psychological
effects of parental, marital and sibling relationships. Paediatric
Clinics of North America, 14(1), pp 199-217.

Fisman, S., Wolf, L., Ellison, D., & Freeman, T. (2000). A
longitudinal study of siblings of children with chronic disabilities.
Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 45(4), pp 369 - 375.

Fisman, S., Wolf, L., Ellison, D., Gillis, B., Freeman, T., Szatmart,
P. (1996). Risk and protective factors affecting he adjustment of
siblings of children with chronic disabilities. Journal of American
Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 35(11), pp 1532-1542.

Flynn, A. & Meakin, M. (1989). Support for Siblings British Journal of
Special Education, 16(1), pp 15-17.

Gamble, W.C. & McHale, S.M. (1989). Coping with stress in sibling
relationships: A comparison of children with disabled and nondisabled
siblings. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 10, pp 353-373.

Gardner, E. (1998). Siblings of chronically ill children: Towards and
understanding of process. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry,
3(2), pp 213-227.

Gillance, H., Tucker, A., Aldridge, J., & Wright, J.B. (1997).
Bereavement: Providing support for siblings. Paediatric Nursing, 9(5),
pp 22-24.

Gold, N. (1993). Depression and social adjustment in siblings of boys
with autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 23(1), pp

Hannah, M., Midlarsky, E. (1985). Siblings of the handicapped: A
literature review for school psychologists. School Psychology Review,
14(4), pp 510-520.

Hollidge, C. (2001). Psychological adjustment of siblings to a child
with diabetes. Health & Social Work, 26(1), pp 15-26.

Houtzager, B.A. & Grootenhuis, M.A. & Last, B.F. (2001). Supportive
groups for siblings of pediatric oncology patients: Impact on anxiety.
Psycho-Oncology, 10, pp 315-324.

Howlin, P. (1988). Living with impairment: The effects on children of
having an autistic sibling Child: Care, Health and Development, 14, pp

Kendall, J. (1999). Sibling accounts of Attention Deficit
Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Family Process, 38(1), pp 117-136.

Krafft, S.& Krafft, L. (1998). Chronic sorrow: Parents’ lived
experience. Holistic Nursing Practice, 13(1), pp 59-67.

Kramer, R. & Moore, I. (1983). Childhood cancer: Meeting the special
needs of healthy siblings. Cancer Nursing, 6(3), pp 213-217.

Mallow, G. & Bechtel, G. (1999). Chronic sorrow: The experience of
parents with children who are developmentally disabled. Journal of
Psychosocial Nursing, 37(7), pp 31-35.

Martinson, I.M., Gilliss, C., Colaizzo, D.C. Freeman, M., & Bossert,
E. (1990). Impact of childhood cancer on healthy school-age siblings.
Cancer Nursing, 13(3), pp 183-190.

May, J. (1992). Rebalancing the mobile: The impact of chronic
illness/disability on the family. The Journal of Rheumatology, 19(33),
pp 2-5.

McLinden, S., Miller, L., & Deprey, J. (1991). Effects of a support
group for siblings of children with special needs. Psychology in the
Schools, 28, pp 230-237.

Miller, S. (1996). Living with a disabled sibling – a review.
Paediatric Nursing, 8(8), pp 21-24.

Morrison, L. (1997). Stress and siblings. Paediatric Nursing, 9(4), pp

Munch, S. & Levick, J. (2001). ‘I’m special, too’: Promoting sibling
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Murray, J. (1998). The lived experience of childhood cancer: One
sibling’s perspective. Issues in Comprehensive Pediatric Nursing,
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Ovenden, S. (1997). Childhood cancer: Helping the individual to cope
within the family. Paediatric Nursing, 9(7), pp 24-27.

Pitten-Cate, I. & Loots, G. (2000). Experiences of siblings of
children with physical disabilities: An empirical investigation.
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Pueschel, S. (1986). The impact on the family: Living with a
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Riebschleger, J. (1991). Families of chronically mentally ill people:
Siblings speak to social workers. Health and Social Work, 16(2), pp

Rodrigue, J., Geffken, G., & Morgan, S. (1993). Perceived competence
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Shea-McAleavey, C.E. & Janusz, H.B. (1991). Sibling visitation – a
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Shulman, S. (1988). The family of the severely handicapped child: The
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Sloper, P., While, D. (1996). Risk factors in adjustment of siblings
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those at risk. The Journal of Contemporary Social Work, October, pp

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miscarriage or perinatal death Early Human Development, 61(2001), pp

5 - Theater and film

Siblings by J. R. Simons - Three siblings share a conversation after
the recent death of their father in this one-act play. 7,700 words. -
An Acrobat e-book - price $4

Used Cars - A movie - DVD - $12.99 - "This movie has such little
redeeming social qualities, one is almost tempted to never acknowledge
having seen it, must less acknowledge that you laughed yourself silly
when you saw it in 1980, but I've got to confess. Not only did I enjoy
it the first 10 times I saw it, but now with the audio commentary by
Zemeckis, Russell and Gale you will have your sides hurting from all
your laughing.
While Kurt Russell is the star of the movie and he gives a memorable
performance, it's Jack Warden in the duo role of competing auto car
dealership owners who steals it."

The Sibling Connection Learn about Grief "At the Movies" - "An
important part of healing after the loss of a sibling is learning
about the process of grief....Each of the stages, or other aspects of
grief listed here includes a movie which describes it. The films can
be obtained at most video rentals."

Stage--Denial and Disbelief: - Movie: "batteries not included" 

Interference in stage: Trauma  -  Movie:  "Ordinary People"

Stage: Feeling the Pain: - Movie: "Star Trek Generations"

Stage--Protest and Anger: - Movie: "Steel Magnolias"

Stage: Relinquish Old Attachments -   Movies: "Like Water for
Chocolate" and "Always"

Stage: Re-invest in Life - Movie: "Forrest Gump"

The website will give you the breakdown for all these movies and how
they apply to the particular stage involved.  In fact, you may want to
explore the whole website as there is a lot of good information. -
Website is "The Sibling Connection."

All about Mother: "Gypsy" then and now  - "Gypsy’’ has less to do with
"My Fair Lady" and "The Music Man" than it does with the mid-20th
century canon that includes not only Eugene O’Neill’s dark
autobiographical exorcism, but also "The Glass Menagerie" and "Death
of a Salesman." Together they form a coherent repertory of plays about
paired siblings, problematic mothers and vanishing (or vanished)

Ghost at goat rock - play - "A teenage sister and brother play a trick
on their siblings and pretend to be the 'ghost of Fisherman Brown'.
Little do they know that the "real" ghost is about to get back at
them! A thunderstorm, a loner named Michael and the disappearance of
their sister Wynnona add further intrigue to this exciting children's

About Adam  - movie - Rated R - "For most movies, that would be
followed by "the end" and the credits. But this one is just getting
going. The clock turns back and we see the same set of events through
the eyes of Lucy’ siblings, all of whom have romantic problems for
which Adam seems to provide the ideal solution."

Tales of Babar: A Tale of Two Siblings & There's No Place Like Home
(2002)  - movie - DVD

What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)  - Movie -  A young man cannot
leave his small Iowa town due to family obligations.

Here is a listing of 20 movies with the theme of "siblings." - all are
for sale

"Amazing Stories on Sibling Rivalry" - video - From focus on the
Family - The review reads: "Why is it that brotherly love is often in
short supply between, well, brothers and sisters? Halt the bickering
and let your kids plug in these classic episodes on sibling rivalry.
It will help even the most annoying brother or sister develop a new
appreciation for that alien living in the next room."  You may
purchase it here: 


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If I may clarify anything about the above, please ask.


Clarification of Answer by digsalot-ga on 30 Aug 2003 20:28 PDT
Hello again

Here are some additional misc images without provenance other than the
url which identifies them as 'sibling images.'  These are images I was
unsure of because they were so much like some of the others, but I
figure you  may still find possible use for them in your work.  If for
some reason you need the website, simply eliminate the "siblings.jpg"
from the end of the url and enter it into your address bar and hit

Clarification of Answer by digsalot-ga on 30 Aug 2003 23:33 PDT
You have gotten me hooked on this topic.

Below is a list of the best books to read to siblings from United
Parenting Publications, May 2003 and

I am leaving the reviews as they are and putting the whole thing in
quotes.  If I tried to paraphrase, I would probably lose the basic

" Whose Mouse Are You?, by Robert Kraus, Aladdin Library, 1986,
explores themes of family and ends with the triumphant answer to the
title’s question, “My brother’s mouse – he’s brand new!”

" What’s Inside, by Jeanne Ashbe, Kane/Miller, 2000, is a sweetly
funny flap book that looks at things you can look inside (for example,
a suitcase), things you best not look inside (a TV), and things that
have something pretty exciting inside (a pregnant woman).

" Happy Birth Day!, by Robie H. Harris, Candlewick Press, 1996, is one
mother’s recounting of her first meeting of her daughter. Ed
Emberely’s drawings are appealing, and they don’t hide how
funny-looking a newborn can be. This book prepares older kids for what
to expect when a new baby comes along and gives parents the
opportunity to tell the big kids what they really want to know – what
it was like when they were babies.

" The Baby Dances, by Kathy Henderson, Candlewick Press, 1999, is a
wonderful book for a very young sibling-to-be, because it both raises
no tough issues and also prepares the older sibling for the
disappointing fact that newborns mostly just scream, eat and sleep.
Soft pastel illustrations and a simple text follow a baby’s first year
with its minor triumphs (“The baby sits! The baby sits!”). But its
real value comes at the end, when the baby walks, not just anywhere,
but to her brother: “And safe in her brother’s arms, the baby dances.”

" Top Cat, by Lois Ehlert, Harcourt, 1998, is a clever take on sibling
rivalry that may give older siblings a vocabulary for what they’re
experiencing without them even realizing they’re reading a book about
a new baby. The book focuses on the first cat, the Top Cat, and his
displacement at the arrival of a new kitten.

" The Baby Sister, by Tomie De Paolo, Putnam, 1996, features big,
good-natured pictures in a simple story about Tommy, who wishes for a
sister with ribbons in her hair. All the tension in this story is
between Tommy and his grandmother when she comes to stay. The story
ends just as the sister comes home, just as Tommy had requested.

" Julius, Baby of the World, by Kevin Henkes, Mulberry Books, 1995.
The author paints his heroine’s character in a few deft strokes,
through text and illustration. Lilly is disgusted by the changes that
her brother Julius brings to the house, and earns long periods in the
“uncooperative chair.” Only when her cousin expresses the same
opinions about Julius that Lilly herself has voiced does Lilly realize
her brother’s value.

" A Baby Sister for Frances, A Birthday for Frances, and Best Friends
for Frances, by Russel Hoban, Harper Trophy, various years, are honest
and funny books about siblings. In A Baby Sister, Hoban carefully puts
Frances’ resentment on her parents, where it belongs. In Birthday,
Frances’ resentment at having to take a backseat to her sister is only
dispelled when her sister uses her birthday wish to make up. In Best
Friends, Frances discovers a ready-made best friend, right at home in
the shape of her sister, Gloria, who can be a friend for tea parties
and baseball and playing with frogs. The books are complicated,
well-paced and unsentimental, and it’s hard to imagine a more
appealing heroine than Frances."

Another list from The Children's Book Council

Books in this category address how children react to new babies or
adopted siblings.  Once again, I am leaving the reviews intact.

And After That… by Jeanne Ashbé, ill. by Jeanne Ashbé. (Kane/Miller
Book Publishers) HC 1-929132-24-7. 2002. This gentle and loving sequel
to the award-winning What’s Inside? shows not-so-very big,
soon-to-be-older siblings how things may change when the new baby
arrives. Ages 2-5.

Angelina’s Baby Sister by Katharine Holabird, ill. by Helen Craig.
(Pleasant Company Publications) HC 1-58485-132-5. 2000. When
Angelina’s sister Polly is born, everyone stops paying attention to
Angelina. She worries that having a little sister may not be any fun
at all. Ages up to 6.

Boomer’s Big Surprise by Constance W. McGeorge, ill. by Mary Whyte.
(Chronicle Books) HC 0-8118-1977-9. 1999. Boomer’s Big Surprise will
have special appeal to any child facing the arrival of a new baby.
Ages 2-6.

The Difference Between Babies and Cookies by Mary Hanson, ill. by
Debbie Tilley. (Silver Whistle) HC 0-15-202406-9. 2002. Told from a
child’s point of view, this charming picture book reveals the truth
about new babies once and for all! Ages 3-7.

Hi New Baby! by Robie H. Harris, ill. by Michael Emberley. (Candlewick
Press) HC 0-7636-0539-5. 2000. A beautiful book about the universal
story of the real feelings young children experience when, suddenly,
they are no longer the baby. Ages up to 6.

My Sister’s Hair by Sally Crabtree and Roberta Mathieson, ill. by Jane
Cabrera. (Random House Books for Young Readers/Random House Young
Readers Group) HC 0-375-81401-9. 2001. A boy imagines the type of hair
his baby sister is going to have. Ages 2-6.

Nobody Asked Me! by Steve Henry, ill. by Steve Henry. (HarperCollins
Children’s Books) HC 0-688-17865-0. 2001. Once content with the
solitary routine of an only cat, Bo adjusts to having a new brother,
Tiger—and discovers the exciting games that are better played with
two. Ages 2-5.

What Baby Needs by William Sears, M.D., Martha Sears, R.N., and
Christie Watts Kelly, ill. by Renée Andriani. (Little, Brown &
Company) HC 0-316-78828-7. 2001. The picture book branch of the
acclaimed Sears Parenting Library makes its debut with this
informative, helpful book for young siblings-to-be. Ages 4-8.

Will You Still Love Me? by Jean-Bapiste Baronian, ill. by Noris Kern.
(Chronicle Books) HC 0-8118-3319-4. 2001. This touching story portrays
the vast love that parents feel for each and every one of their
children. Ages 2-6.

You’re the Boss, Baby Duck! by Amy Hest, ill. by Jill Barton.
(Candlewick Press) HC 1-56402-667-1. 1997. Baby Duck is back—but after
the new arrival, she's not the baby anymore! As usual, Grampa knows
just what to say to help Baby feel better. Ages up to 6.

I thought this might be a good read considering the way the review
reads: - - "The Truth About Babies" - - "This book tells it as it is -
and about time too. Those softly pastel books about the joys of new
babies lead to totally false expectations in older siblings - much
better to read them this book and prepare them for the worst. There is
an enormous amount of subtle reassurance and a clever intimation of
the older child/parental bonding that will take place. It's also very
funny and the pictures are a delight. It should be regulation issue
for every family intending to have more than one child."

Top nine children's books about twins and other multiples - A list
from  These books will also provide additional images for
your use in illustrating your project.  As before, I will leave the
reviews intact.

 Top 9 Children's Books About Twins & Other Multiples 
"Guide Picks 
"In recent years, several excellent children's books about twins and
multiple birth have been published. From picture books for the
preschool set to more scientific studies aimed at preteens, these
books illustrate and celebrate the unique relationship between
"1) Twin Tales
This 2001 release from Donna M. Jackson lives up to its subtitle as it
describes "the magic and mystery of multiple birth" in pictures, text,
and anecdotal sidebars appropriate for ages 10 and up. It offers an
excellent explanation of some of the technical aspects of twinning and
multiple birth on an age-appropriate level.
"2) About Twins
Beautiful photographs of twins of all shapes and sizes adorn this
straightforward book about the relationship between multiples. Simple
text is balanced with quotes from twins expressing their feelings.
This is an appropriate book for young children who are multiples, or
siblings to multiples.
"3) Just Like Me
Written from the perspective of a twin girl, this book is the perfect
pace for beginning readers. Multiples will relate to the familiar
settings as the protagonist compares and contrasts her sister and
"4) Twinnies
This colorful picture books tells the tale of a big sister of baby
twin sisters. Describing both the good and the bad aspects of life
with twinfants, older siblings of twins and other multiples will
certainly relate to this excellent depiction of life with twinfants.
"5) Double Take: The Story of Twins
This is the perfect book for older children (ages 10 and up) who are
fascinated by twins and multiples. It explores some of the scientific,
ethical and social issues faced by families, illustrating facts and
facets of twinning by introducing five sets of real-life twins of
varied ages.
"6) Twins Together
Parents of multiples know all-too-well about the conflicts that arise
between their twins or triplets. This fun, rhyming picture book aimed
at preschoolers addresses the problem and offers a cute resolution
that both parents and twins will relate to.
"7) Twins!
Intended to broaden understanding about twins, preschool children will
enjoy the colorful pictures (and equally colorful text style). Parents
also have much to gain from this book. Discussion questions provide a
route for further exploration of the topic, and the notes section can
help parents or other adults as they explain the concepts and issues
of twinning in an age-appropriate way.
"8) T is For Twins: An ABC Book
The newest book to tackle the topic of twins is most appropriate for
babies and toddlers, and should actually be published in a board book
that could stand up to them. However, part of its appeal is the clever
addition of a clear plastic pocket where parents can insert a picture
of their own twins and include them in the book. Sharp photographs and
fun rhymes highlight the A-B-C format.
"9) Twin Pickle
My favorite book about twin girls is apparently out-of-print, but
readily available in libraries and used book outlets. Claire Mackey's
charming illustrations are the star of this 1996 work by Ann Doro. It
describes the antics of identical twins Ivory and Jennie, inspired by
the author's granddaughters. It takes a lighthearted, enjoyable
approach to the age-old dilemma of telling twins apart.
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Request for Answer Clarification by magdalene-ga on 02 Sep 2003 11:08 PDT
Dear Digsalot-ga,
     Thank you for your vast efforts with my question regarding
sibling relationships as represented in movies, film, and theatre.  I
have not had a chance to completely review the answer you provided.  I
am hoping that I will find a list of films that speak to some aspect
of sibling relationships.  The films that immediately come to my mind
are those such as Its a wonderful life in which the relationship
between two brothers is a big theme.  Also, in the old film Sex, Lies
and Videotapes I seem to remember that there is a theme that threads
through the film about two sisters.  The course I will be teaching is
about sibling dynamics and how these dynamics can have a profound
impact on each of us while not receiving much credence in the
traditional psychoanalytic view.  I was hoping to draw from the
portrayals in film,theatre, tv sources, literature, as a source for
discussion and a way to make some clinical application of the theory
that will be presented in class.  As I say, I have not had a chance to
thoroughly review your answer - which seems quite substantial - to see
if the information I was hoping for is there.  I have just returned
from an unanticipated trip out of town so I apologize for the lateness
of this response.  Thank you for your patience.

Clarification of Answer by digsalot-ga on 02 Sep 2003 11:38 PDT
Thank you - and while you are reviewing some of the other material
here, I will dig deeper into the film, video and television aspect of
things.  As I mentioned, you have me hooked with this question.  I
enjoy doing it.


Clarification of Answer by digsalot-ga on 02 Sep 2003 14:38 PDT
More on film - I am leaving reviews intact. - - I have tried to find
as many variables as possible from the horrid to the funny to the
sublime and from many parts of the world.  Some are even cartoons. 
All may have impact of some sort on what you are trying to do.  You
will also find that Amazon has turned out to be one great research
tool for this.

"Children of Heaven" - A marvelous film from Iran.  "Winner of the
Montreal World Film Festival Grand Prix of the Americas Award and the
Air Canada People's Award, CHILDREN OF HEAVEN is a sensitive,
memorable film from Majid Majidi ("The Father.") ...Set in Majidi's
native Tehran, CHILDREN OF HEAVEN follows the relationship between an
impoverished brother and sister, Ali and Zahra, who are thrust into a
difficult circumstance. They choose to solve their problem themselves,
without telling their parents, in their own unique way. What follows
is a tender, moving, tale of compassion, determination and deep family
love...Written and directed by Majidi, CHILDREN OF HEAVEN portrays
human hope and beauty against a harsh economic and political
You can buy it here for $24.95 

"Finding Nemo" -  (2003) / Animation-Adventure - "The story is
simplistic, and although the quest between a parent and sibling to be
reunited is quite common in family films, the manner in which is told
is refreshingly original."

"Music of the Heart" - PG - "After her husband walks out on her,
Roberta has to find a job to support herself and her two young sons.
Her unique talent is playing the violin. It takes some persuasion, but
she lands a substitute position as a violin teacher at an inner-city
grade school in East Harlem, New York. It's rough going for awhile,
but after 10 years, her program is a huge success and students are
begging for admittance. Then the board of education pulls the school's
funding for "extra" activities. She's out. But not without a fight.
And fight she does. Music of the Heart is based on a true story...It's
just a friendly sibling wager, but it should be noted that Roberta's
teenage sons bet $10 over whether their mom will kiss a man on her
first date (she doesn't)."

"Ash Wednesday" - Rated R - You will find it for sale here for $19.98
- - "A relationship between two brothers literally becomes a matter of
life and death in this drama from writer, director and actor Edward
Burns. Francis Sullivan (Burns) was a street-wise thug with ties to
the Irish mob until his younger brother Sean (Elijah Wood) was killed
on Ash Wednesday in 1980 while trying to protect Francis from
gangsters who were out to kill him. Three years later, Francis is a
law-abiding man who is trying to stay on the straight and narrow and
keep his eye on Grace (Rosario Dawson), Sean's widow. However, rumors
have begun to circulate that Sean's death was just a ruse fabricated
by Francis and a sympathetic priest, Father Mahoney (James Handy), to
get mobster Moran (Oliver Platt) off Sean's back. Some people have
spotted someone who looks a lot like Sean wandering around the
neighborhood, and Moran, who doesn't forget a grudge, begins scouring
the neighborhood in search of Sean, while Francis has worries of his
own about Sean, since his relationship with Grace has started to move
beyond simple family friendship. -  Mark Deming"

"Family Knot" -  by Eriko Yamato  - Beta SP . 16 minutes - "Sometimes
sibling love turns into sibling rivalry. If rivalry escalates, it can
turn into abuse. Unlike spousal and child abuse, no legislation has
been passed regarding this issue, and few resources have been
developed to protect the victims of sibling abuse. Through the stories
of Becky and Kathrin, Family Secrets will disclose the realities of
sibling abuse. The film will also convey that despite their tragic
pasts, their determination has helped bring light into their lives." -
A short film - You may contact the film maker directly at
For more information:

"Whatever Happened to Baby Jane" - "takes the notion of sibling
rivalry to a horrific extreme. Behind-the-scenes rivals Bette Davis
and Joan Crawford star together for the first time. Davis, once tough
and stylish, Crawford, once strong and sexy--yet this titanic pairing
of the legendary actresses is anything but glamorous. The film opens
with a scene depicting the Hudson sisters' childhood. "Baby Jane"
Hudson (Davis) is a child vaudeville star adored by adults and
children everywhere. Blanche (Crawford) is the homely sister cast in
the shadow of her spoiled celebrity sibling. Eventually, their roles
are switched and it becomes obvious that Blanche Hudson is the true
star, commanding lead movie roles and relegating bit parts to her
bratty sister who, sadly has no talent whatsoever. And then there is
the accident..."

"Brothers and Sisters" - 1998 (Classification Exempt - Ronin
Recommends: G) 54 min - "Envy and admiration, love and hate, loyalty
and betrayal can all be found within sibling relationships. BROTHERS
AND SISTERS explores the emotional dynamics of the sibling bond
through these and other compelling stories..." - you will find it about
half way down the page.

"Hannah and Her Sisters" - "Hannah and Her Sisters is an intricate,
well-contructed drama with liberal amounts of comedy within. The film
begins at a Thanksgiving family dinner. Elliot (Michael Caine) looks
over Lee (Barbara Hershey), his wife's sister, and thinks "God, she's
beautiful." He becomes infatuated with Lee, despite that he is married
to her sister, and she is with a moody artist (Max von Sydow)...
The film's three sisters - Lee, Hannah and Holly live over the course
of the next twelve months in an eleganty romantic comedy that many
consider one of Allen's best.

"Marvin's Room" - A story about sisters - "Marvin's Room is an
emotional roller coaster. One minute crying and the next laughing out
loud and then wondering how you can laugh about such a traumatic
event. I relish films that leave me with a feeling. This work left me
with many feelings.The strongest was to share this film with friends
and family and the next was to watch it again."

"Little Women" - 1949 - "With Father off to war, it's up to Jo,
practical older sister Meg (Janet Leigh), frail sister Beth (Margaret
O'Brien), and vain sister Amy (Elizabeth Taylor) to help Marmee (a
saintly Mary Astor) keep the home fires warm while dealing with the
rigors of adolescence. It's all poured on with a generous amount of
syrup, including lavish sets, hoop skirts, and petticoats, but anyone
who's ever read Alcott's book will take comfort in its familiar story

"To Kill a Mockingbird" - "While his children, Scout (Mary Badham) and
Jem (Philip Alford), learn the realities of racial prejudice and
irrational hatred, they also learn to overcome their fear of the
unknown as personified by their mysterious, mostly unseen neighbor Boo
Radley (Robert Duvall, in his brilliant, almost completely nonverbal
screen debut). What emerges from this evocative, exquisitely filmed
drama is a pure distillation of the themes of Harper Lee's enduring
novel, a showcase for some of the finest American acting ever
assembled in one film, and a rare quality of humanitarian artistry"

"The Blues Brothers" - "John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd--as "legendary"
Chicago blues brothers Jake and Elwood Blues--took their act to the
big screen in this action-packed hit from 1980. As Jake and Elwood
struggle to reunite their old band and save the Chicago orphanage
where they were raised, they wreak enough good-natured havoc to
attract the entire Cook County police force."

"Lilo & Stitch" - "When the monster escapes to Earth, it's adopted as
a pet and named "Stitch" by Lilo (Daveigh Chase), a lonely little
Hawaiian girl. Lilo and her older sister Nani (Tia Carrere) have been
struggling to stay together since their parents died. Stitch and Lilo
share some hilarious adventures, evading welfare officer Cobra Bubbles
(Ving Rhames) and galactic police agents."

"Tru Confessions" - a Disney Channel Original Movie - ": From the
award-winning book of the same name, Tru Confessions is the true story
of teen Trudy Walker who, in her desire to become an entertainment
personality/producer, makes a film about her developmentally-disabled
twin brother and, in turn, brings her family closer together."

"Nuyorican Dream" - As the film begins and Robert describes his
siblings, the camera pauses briefly on framed photos in Marta's house,
each showing a smiling child's face, full of hope and youthful
promise. It's not long before the film shows their present-day faces,
considerably weathered though they're all only in their 20s. As Robert
informs you, all of his siblings, save for 13-year-old Millie, have
been or are involved with drugs and/or crimes, mostly robberies
committed to accommodate their addictions...As Robert puts it, he's
the "only one who made it" out of the projects, but it's a success
that pains him, because, he says, when goes back to visit, "It's
almost like I can touch them but I can't feel them, or they can't feel
me anymore." It's observations like this that make Nuyorican Dream an
unusual and self-conscious documentary."

"Before They Fall Off The Cliff" - ""Before They Fall Off The Cliff"
details what happened to the McBrides: the violent deaths of two
loving parents, the suicide of Matt's psychiatrist, Matt's heroic
struggle to regain his mental health and the complicated and painful
relationship among the McBride siblings." - A documentary about the
ripple effect of schizophrenia and siblings.   

"Broken Wings" - "Winner of over 15 major international film awards,
including the audience award at Berlin this year, and nine Israel Film
Academy Awards, Broken Wings is a powerful and uplifting examination
of the strength of family...The first day of school should be an
occasion of excitement and promise. However, for five-year-old Bar,
his three siblings and mother, it is bittersweet, as they have been
left to cope with a financial and emotional whirlwind since the death
of the family patriarch. They all handle their crises in very
different ways, with quite often funny and unexpected consequences.
Ten-year-old Ido attempts to break the free jumping world record in an
empty swimming pool; teenager Yair skips school and spends his days
roaming railway stations dressed as a mouse, handing out flyers; Maya
is only 17 but she harbours feelings of guilt and anger and acts as a
surrogate mother to her younger siblings."

"Grief and Loss" - not really a film but a website offering several
films and videos, many of which are sibling related.

"A Small Story About Sibling Relations" - Would our lives be different
if we were born into a different slot among our siblings?...The
documentary film A Small Story About Sibling Relations deals with the
dictates of law created by birth order, expectations, and attitudes
that surround us in our families. Pia Andell's film also talks about
the importance of sibling relations in identifying ourselves."

More to come


Clarification of Answer by digsalot-ga on 03 Sep 2003 13:21 PDT
I have a question about television programs.  As far as the standard
old classics such as Leave it to Beaver, Father Knows Best, etc.  Do
you already have those?


Request for Answer Clarification by magdalene-ga on 08 Sep 2003 18:22 PDT
Thank you so much for your efforts.  The list of films is especially
helpful.  Regarding TV shows I can't think of too many that are of
particular value.  I think I have sufficient information to work with.
 Again my thanks.  I need to figure out how to evaluate your answer -
I hope it is not too late to do so.

Clarification of Answer by digsalot-ga on 08 Sep 2003 18:31 PDT
If there is anything more I may help with, please ask.

You provided an interesting research project for me.

magdalene-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Thanks.  It was a pleasure to work with you.  I have my work cut out
for myself familiarizing myself with all this material.

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