Research justification


Research Topic: Sibling Rivalry

Chosen Area of Focus: The cause behind Sibling Rivalry

1. Framing our research topic
Our chosen area of focus is “The cause behind Sibling Rivalry”. We have chosen this topic as it is something that relates to us a lot. Most people with siblings everywhere quarrel almost every day. But WHY do we have this sibling rivalry? WHY does it exist? WHAT is the main cause? We have decided on this research topic to find out the root cause of it. With the root cause, we will be able to find a way to resolve this problem as we will be able to come up with a solution to counter the problem. We are sure that most people do not even enjoy having this constant rivalry/fighting with their siblings. With our research, we will be able to help these people as

  • Possible reasons for problems related sibling rivalry are jealousy as , attention seeking, privacy needs, material items.

  • The advantages of having siblings are if you need some help you can always count on your older siblings because they are wiser. They can help you with maths, biology or any other subjects. Another thing is that you have someone with whom you can talk to. If you have some problems, difficulties, worries or cares or you simply want to tell how your day was, your siblings will certainly listen to you. In the future you will also surport one another.

  • Many siblings tend to fight because they want everything that belongs to you and it does not matter if they will use it or not. There is also always competition in the house, as siblings tend to fight for the most attention, to be the best. Rather than having your own room, or being able to have the back seat of the car all to yourself, you might have to share that space with them. An only child might find that her parents have plenty of time and money to direct toward her personal interests, while a child with many siblings has to share her parents' resources with brothers and sisters.

2. Reasons for choice of topic
We have chosen this topic, as we want to find out more about why there is sibling rivalry and why can’t we get along.
This allows us to fulfil the requirements of the project task as the project task looks at social networking from a good and bad point of view, which is also what we will be doing.
This topic benefits society as people will understand from their siblings perspectives on why they have jealousy in them or why they act in certain ways.

3. Feasibility of the research
There is a need for our research, as many people tend to grow hatred and remorse towards their siblings. Hence, our research can help to let these people know when to stop.
It is possible to carry out and complete the project, as there are many students with siblings in the school that we can survey on and interview.
The proposed course of action is logical and realistic as it can be completed with the help of some students who would be willing to do a survey and with our hard work and group effort.
The research provides sufficient opportunity for generation of ideas, as we will constantly have to think of ways to do certain things in the project. As for analysis and evaluation of ideas, we will certainly have many opportunities to analyse information and evaluate ideas on how to go about deciding what to do next.

4. Manageability of the research
The timeline for the different components of the project will be decided later based on the situation then. But overall, the project will be done as quickly and carefully as we can, trying our best not to go out of point and staying as close to the topic as possible.
This research provides sufficient opportunity for group work as we will need to discuss a lot of matters regarding the project, for example who will be assigned to do what component of the project and we will have to work together.
We do anticipate some difficulties along the way, such as poor communication among the group members and lack of data. We intend to cope with these difficulties by trying to get the group up to date by uploading their findings and their part of the project onto the google document.

5. Accessibility of the information required
Information/knowledge that will be relevant to our research would be the how many people have siblings, and how often do they get mad at each other.
We will be obtaining this information from primary and secondary sources, depending on which one gives more reliable and useful information.
Some alternatives that we have thought of would be to ask others for information or where we can find the information that we need.
Some problems we anticipate while gathering my materials would be that the information that we can find is not entirely relevant to our project and that that is already the closest piece of information among all others that we have found.



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