Jealousy in children
Reference of this article: Recuero Gonzalo R, Bonet de Luna C. Jealousy in children. Rev Pediatr Aten Primaria. 2005;7:413-421.
Published in Internet: 30-09-2005
Jealousy is a complex emotion composed by fear, sadness, rage and self criticism that
children can feel when another sibiling is born. To feel this emotion children need to be
specially bond to a paternal figure and have expectatives about the relationship with their
parents. This happens around 12-24 months of age. In this article, different factors that
might help parents to understand their jealous child are reviewed. Letting children handle
their own problems without parental intervention is seriously encouraged. Explaning the
child what is happening, with patiente, empathy and sense of humor is a good way to help
children to overcome this feeling.
Keywords● Jealousy ● Management