Sibling Interaction and Behavior Study

Based on Research Conducted at OSLC

An intervention-prevention research project addressing family life and sibling relationships during middle childhood.

Project Overview

Research indicates an associated pattern of antisocial behavior and outcomes among siblings. However, this problem has yet to be approached systematically in family training. The Sibling Interaction and Behavior Study (SIBS) is a prevention-intervention research project that addresses family life and sibling relationships during middle childhood years. The project explores the effectiveness of intervention with siblings in reducing family conflict and boosting the social and academic development of older target children and a younger brother or sister. The project works with families referred by county mental health services that include sibling pairs or triads who are between the ages of 4 and 10.

Funder: National Institute of Mental Health

Principal Investigator

Lew Bank, Ph.D.

Senior Fellow Scientist
Oregon Social Learning Center

Primary Research and Clinical Interests

Dr. Lew Bank is an OSLC research scientist and a licensed psychologist. Dr. Bank has worked with children and families for more than 30 years, with a focus on parenting, sibling conflict, and child adjustment. In addition, he has developed parent management training curricula consistent with community values and goals combined with the best practices developed and tested at OSLC. Currently, Dr. Bank is collaborating with several Oregon counties to develop assessment and intervention capacity in those communities: The Healthy Family Project in Lincoln County and The Community Database Project in Tillamook County.