Inthesociety,peoplegetchildrenin variousways.Themostcommonwayis thebiologicalmethodin which parentsgivebirthto children.Theotherwayis through adoptionin which parentsopt to raisechildrenwhoare not their biologicalchildren.Thewaythesocietytakesthesetwo childrenis different.Culturaltendenciesdonot givethesechildrenequalprivilegesandproblemssometimesarise(Jones & Hackett, 2011).
Culturegiveschildrenbegottenbiologically by parentsa higherprivilegethan thoseadopted.Whengrowingtogether,siblings whobelongto a familybiologically feelpartof thefamily.During their tender years, children develop attachment with theirparents. Sigmund Freud associates this stage with egocentrism.Adopted children may not enjoy this stage because most of them areadopted when they are in the midst of this stage. In thecaseof adoptedsiblings in thesamefamily,thesocietyensuresthattheyknowtheir position.Culturally, thesesiblings are different(Jones & Hackett, 2011).Whentheyare growingup, theattributeof industryorinferioritytakesroot.Accordingto Eric Erikson, thestageoccurswhenchildrenattaintheschool-going age(Kail & Cavanaugh, 2015). with a feelingof appreciationin thefamilybecomeindustrious.Inferioritymay beobservedin childrenwhofindnooneto appreciatethem. Parentswith adoptedchildrenmay not giveenoughattentionto them especiallyiftheyraisethem togetherwith their biologicalchildren.Aschildrengrowup, cultureandthesociety,in general,givesiblings in a familyidentity.Thestageof lifeoccurswhenchildrenapproachadolescence.Erik Erikson attributesthisagewith identityandconfusion(Kail & Cavanaugh, 2015).
Ina family,siblings growingtogetherare likelyto knowtheir realidentitywhentheyachieveadolescenceage.Albert Badura acknowledges the role of culture in his theory ofsocial learning. The society is responsible to inform children abouttheir identity and background. Adopted childrenare likelyto feela not belongingto thefamilyin which theyareraised.Lackof identityat thisagecan be destructive(Grotevant & Von, 2011). Childrencan joindestructivegroupsto getan identity.Alotof supportis imperativeduring thestageof life.Cultureandthefamilysettingare, therefore,importantin theupbringingof siblings in a family.
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