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Avidan Milevsky
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Dr. Avidan Milevsky is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania and a psychotherapist at Wellspring Counseling in Towson, MD. He has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and is a contributor to the Encyclopedia of Adolescence. His book on siblings titled Sibling relationships in childhood and adolescence: Predictors and outcomes was published in the summer of 2011 by Columbia University Press.

Dr. Milevsky has lectured to audiences in the United States, Canada, Latin-America, Europe, and the Middle-East on parenting, sibling relationships, and psychological well-being. He has been interviewed by local and national media about his work including stories in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Allure Magazine, and Balanced Living News. He has also been a guest on radio shows and podcasts and maintains a Psychology Today blog.

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Society Ignores Siblings

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2015 | 10:51 AM

Read the latest headlines and you will find sibling issues. From terrorism (Boston and Paris) to politics (Bush) to sports (Manning and Harbaugh), sibling related narratives are a powerful part of life's journey. Siblings matter!

Unfortunately, just as we did when we were children, we treat ignoring siblings as...

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What Sibling Research Can Teach Us About Jeb Bush and a 2016 Presidential Run

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 4:40 PM

Irrespective of the politics of presidential elections, as a sibling researcher, I am elated with the prospect of a brother of a former president "actively exploring" a presidential run in 2016. The Hollywood-made script of an introspective younger brother seeking to match the surprise success of his rambunctious...

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Glad My Grandpa Did Not Heed Ezekiel Emanuel's Advice of Death at 75

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 10:31 AM

The scene of my last visit with my grandfather several weeks before his passing will be imprinted in my memory for as long as I am fortunate to live. He was 92 years old, and my brother, Jonathan, and I were sitting by his bedside in his small apartment in...

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Why Are Teens Joining ISIS?

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 3:57 PM

It seems like the "in" thing to do these days for teenagers is to say goodbye to family, fly out to Istanbul, and embark on a long trek to Syria to join ISIS, the latest terror group drawing international headlines. From Glasgow to Minneapolis we are hearing of seemingly ordinary...

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90 secondes pour mettre les enfants à l'abri des roquettes: un psychologue à Jérusalem

(2) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 3:52 PM

Ma femme et moi avions décidé de passer les grandes vacances en Israël avec les enfants. J'y retrouverais de la famille et des amis, mais je venais également de mettre en route une étude interculturelle sur l'adolescence et j'avais besoin d'interviewer des ados israéliens. C'était l'occasion de faire...

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90 secondes pour mettre les enfants à l'abri des roquettes: un psychologue à Jérusalem

(1) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 12:17 PM

Ma femme et moi avions décidé de passer les grandes vacances en Israël avec les enfants. J'y retrouverais de la famille et des amis, mais je venais également de mettre en route une étude interculturelle sur l'adolescence et j'avais besoin d'interviewer des ados israéliens. C'était l'occasion de faire...

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We Had 90 Seconds to Get the Children to the Bomb Shelter: A Psychologist in Jerusalem

(2) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 10:08 AM

My wife and I decided to take the family to Israel for the summer. In addition to reconnecting with family and friends, I recently started a new cross-cultural research study on adolescent transitions necessitating interviewing Israeli teens, so we figured a summer together in Israel can serve both personal and...

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In Preparation for Mother's Day: Three Steps to Enhance the Relationship with Your Mother

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 12:27 PM

I am always amazed by the mixed feelings people have about Mother's Day. As I have heard numerous times in my practice and in my research on parental relationships, on the one hand, people are very excited about the special plans being arranged in honor of mom. The Mother's Day...

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From Ferber to Babywise: When it Comes to Parenting Let's Forget About Science

(1) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 1:57 PM

I was at a recent family affair and sitting at our table was a young mother with her angelic, but fussy, newborn baby on her lap. As a student of developmental psychology and as a father of a newborn myself, I found the movements and behaviors of the youngest member...

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The President's State of the Union Message to Parents: Invest When the Children Are Young

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 10:02 PM

One of the many initiatives proposed by President Obama in his State of the Union address was to focus on early childhood education. Children with a quality pre-school education are more likely to succeed in later schooling with potential life-long benefits.

The importance of focusing on young children in...

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5 Psychological Tips to Help You Stick to Your New Year's Resolution

(2) Comments | Posted December 26, 2013 | 3:37 PM

It's the season for resolutions.

This is how I see it. Imagine a toll collector by one of the tunnels leading into Manhattan. One morning a driver pulls up to the collector's booth, pays his toll and drives away. Right behind him another driver pulls up, pays his toll...

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School Shootings and Parenting

(7) Comments | Posted November 27, 2013 | 1:35 PM

Over the past several decades many large scale efforts have been made to positively impact the lives of children. From children and youth committees in state legislatures to not-for-profit child protection agencies, many have devoted themselves on state and national levels to bettering the lives of children.

Although great...

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The Stress of Parenting a Teen -- and My Teen's Rebuttal

(3) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 1:25 PM

My daughter recently turned 13, ushering in that infamous stage known as adolescence. Although this term "adolescence," from the Latin word, adolescere -- "maturation or emancipation," focuses on what teens experience during this time, I selfishly submit that this transition is even more stressful on parents of teens than on...

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Parenting Without Controlling Your Children

(0) Comments | Posted November 1, 2013 | 12:00 AM

I was recently working with a woman, Debbi, who was concerned about a brewing medical problem she was having. When I inquired about a support network that she can call upon to assist her during this difficult time, she embarrassingly noted that she did not tell her mother about her...

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Can You Be Rich and Have Healthy Children?

(0) Comments | Posted October 17, 2013 | 11:06 AM

Psychologists and sociologists have known for many years about the childhood risks associated with poverty. Children raised in lower socioeconomic conditions are more likely to suffer from a variety of emotional, social, and academic issues in comparison to children raised in middle-class families.

However, a growing

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Don't Blame Me -- My Child Has DMDD, ODD, and ADHD: The DSM-V, Parenting and Labels

(3) Comments | Posted October 2, 2013 | 12:36 AM

The American Psychiatric Association recently released its latest "Bible" of mental disorders; The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, Fifth Edition, or the DSM-V. Although controversy ensued with the release of past DSM editions, this time an unusual outcry has occurred coming from both the research and clinical community. At issue is...

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The Success of the Next Generation of Trump: A Lesson for Family Business

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2013 | 1:14 AM

Being a family dynamics researcher and clinician, I was recently approached by a business owner looking for advice about the best way to navigate the upcoming addition of two new members to his business management team: his two children. With my expertise in family dynamics and interpersonal relationships he wanted...

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From Reformer to Slaughterer: The Family Dynamics That Transformed Syria's Bashar al-Assad

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2013 | 8:16 PM

As the White House, the Syrian government, and the world await the upcoming congressional vote about the use of force against Syria many unanswered questions about this entire tragic saga are being examined. From the long-term national security consequences of requesting this vote to the potential fall-out of a military...

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The Non-Existent Sibling in U.S. Family Law

(7) Comments | Posted August 23, 2013 | 4:53 PM

"Hardly a week goes by that I'm not presented with a proposed parenting plan that separates siblings"

- Judge Anne Kass

Imagine two child siblings tied together by much more than their sibling title. They love each other dearly and depend on each other for everything. At dawn, they...

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How to Prepare Your Children for an Unfair Future

(1) Comments | Posted August 7, 2013 | 3:16 PM

One afternoon last week, my older children were each busy having fun with friends as my 5-year-old, Matt, was stuck home playing alone with his Legos. As the older children came home, they each recounted the fun things they did with their friends. My 13-year-old daughter said that she went...

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