ED209 TMA 03

Discuss the similarities and differences between peer to peer and sibling to sibling interactions in different contexts. Consider the developmental implications of such interactions.

Social interaction plays a vital role in the general development of children. In particular on the growth of their own sense of self and their perception of how others see them.The way we interact with individuals throughout or lives may be influenced by the relationships formed in our early years. Such interaction include those between the child and his parents as well as those between siblings and peers. Social interaction takes many forms all involving the actions and practices between two or more people towards each other. This essay aims to discuss and compare the interactions of children amongst their peers with sibling interactions. The essay will focus on the similarities and the differences between each form of interaction in different contexts along with the developmental implications. For most children, social development begins with interaction with his mother or primary care-giver, before becoming part of a wider social development network. Therefore, it is often assumed that the child-parent relationship influences future social interactions. This essay will look at the influence both peer to peer and sibling relationships can have on the social development of children.

A peer group is a social group of people who share similarities which can include age, background and social status. Such a group is expected to change on a regular basis in the lives of young children as they move up through school years and make new friends. Moving up a year through school will automatically bring about a change in group dynamics as class registers change with the start of a new academic year. In addition to this, new students leave school whilst others arrive.
Initial thoughts might place sibling relationships in a more static situation. This would be the...