Sibling Rivalry: A Case Study Of Cinderella

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The following is a case study of a female named Cinderella. Cinderella is a story about a young girl whose mother passed away. Her father remarried and she lives with both her father, stepmother and stepsisters. Her stepmother treated her cruelly. Cinderella had to do her chores, her stepmoms and stepsisters. The way Cinderella was mistreated affected her life. When she wanted to go out, she couldn’t. She was going through sibling rivalry, emotional/social abuse and child cruelty/physical abuse. Sibling rivalry is the competition between siblings especially for the attention, affection, and approval of their parents (Merriam-webster). One result of sibling rivalry is when the stepmom gives more fondness to her daughters rather than Cinderella. …show more content…
All her kind thoughts and loving touches were for her own daughters. Nothing was too good for them - dresses, shoes, delicious food, soft beds, and every home comfort. But for poor Cinderella, there was nothing at all. No dresses, only her stepsisters’ hand-me-downs. No lovely dishes, nothing but scraps. No rest and no comfort. She had to work hard all day. That’s an example of child cruelty/physical abuse. Some stepparents are not as mean as Cinderella’s stepmother was. Research says Physical child abuse has been recognized and briefly studied since it was first acknowledged as a social problem over some years back; in fact the part of stepparent-stepchild physical abuse is really restricted and has been given very little attention. Study on stepfamilies in general is fairly new in the society. In Cinderella’s case her stepmother was not aware of her physical abuse towards her. Cinderella had something neither of her stepsisters had and that was beauty. It was quite right. Cinderella, even dressed in old cloths, was an attractive girl. While her stepsisters, no matter how fine and stylish their apparels, they were still clumsy, and unpleasant. Hence, it’s not surprising that a search of the present fiction on physical abuse precisely in stepfamilies reveals …show more content…
Cinderella was a story about a young girl whose mother and father passed away and she is left to live with her stepmother and stepsisters. Her stepmother treated her harshly. Cinderella had to do her chores, her stepmom and stepsisters. The way Cinderella was maltreated affected her life. When she wanted to go out she wasn’t able to. She experienced sibling rivalry, emotional/social abuse and child cruelty/physical abuse. Sibling rivalry is the competition between siblings especially for the attention, affection, and approval of their parents (Merriam-webster). One result of sibling rivalry is when the stepmom gives more love to her daughters rather than Cinderella. For many daughters, in Cinderella’s tracks may sense unhappiness, low self-esteem and loneliness as a stepdaughter. However, a stepchild should be as cherished to a stepparent as their own child would be. Some may assume that stepparents will not, overall feels such adoring, self-sacrificial love for their stepchildren as inherent paternities so often do; but in Cinderella’s case her stepmother does not. Cinderella experienced social abuse while living with her stepmother. According to Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, Children from stepfamilies usually display lower social and emotional wellbeing than children from intact biological families (Cherlin & Furstenberg, 1994; McLanahan & Sandefur, 1994). An example would be when Cinderella has to do

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