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Sibling fights lead to depression (24 December, 2012)

New research says that you are more likely to have mental problems when you grow up if you have arguments with your siblings when you are a child. However, researchers say that parents should not stop brothers and sisters from fighting. It is best to let them sort it out for themselves. The researchers asked 145 pairs of teenage siblings why and when they had arguments. They said they had most arguments during the Christmas season. Researchers said this is because kids get jealous about presents.

At Christmas, tensions get high over who gets the best presents and who plays the new video game first. Even the closest brothers and sisters end up arguing. If siblings continue to argue as they grow up, it can affect them later on in their lives. They can develop conditions such as depression and a lack of self-confidence. Dr Nicole Campione-Barr, a professor at the University of Missouri, warned parents that they should go to a professional if the kids' arguments become violent.

PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

more likely to have

a.

it out

2

have arguments

b.

of teenage siblings

3.

let them sort

c.

the Christmas season

4.

145 pairs

d.

about presents

5.

arguments during

e.

mental problems

6.

kids get jealous

f.

with your siblings

Paragraph 2

1.

tensions

a.

up arguing

2

who plays the new

b.

on in their lives

3.

the closest brothers and sisters end

c.

get high

4.

it can affect them later

d.

become violent

5.

a lack of self-

e.

video game first

6.

if the kids' arguments

f.

confidence


LISTENING GAP FILL

New research says that you are more likely to (1) _________________ when you grow up if you have (2) _____________________ when you are a child. (3) _________________ that parents should (4) _________________ from fighting. It is best to let them sort it out for themselves. The researchers asked (5) _________________ why and when they had arguments. They said they had most arguments during (6) _________________ Researchers said this is because kids get jealous about presents.

At Christmas, (7) _________________ over who gets the best presents and who plays (8) ____________________ first. Even the (9) _________________ end up arguing. If siblings continue to argue as they grow up, (10) ______________________ on in their lives. They can develop conditions such as depression and a (11) _________________ Dr Nicole Campione-Barr, a professor at the University of Missouri, warned parents that they (12) __________________. if the kids' arguments become violent.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

New (1) ___ says that you are more likely to have mental problems when you grow up if you have (2) ___ with your siblings when you are a child. However, researchers say that (3) ___ should not stop brothers and sisters from (4) ___. It is best to let them sort it out for themselves. The researchers asked 145 pairs of teenage siblings why and when they had arguments. They said they had most arguments during the Christmas (5) ___. Researchers said this is because kids get (6) ___ about presents.

At Christmas, (7) ___ get high over who gets the best presents and who plays the new (8) ___ first. Even the closest brothers and sisters end up arguing. If siblings continue to argue as they grow up, it can (9) ___ them later on in their lives. They can develop (10) ___ such as depression and a lack of self-confidence. Dr Nicole Campione-Barr, a professor at the (11) ___ of Missouri, warned parents that they should go to a professional if the kids' arguments become (12) ___ .

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

reach

(b)

research

(c)

researchers

2.

(a)

argue

(b)

argues

(c)

arguments

3.

(a)

children

(b)

parents

(c)

siblings

4.

(a)

fitting

(b)

fighting

(c)

falling

5.

(a)

season

(b)

beacon

(c)

treason

6.

(a)

jumpy

(b)

happy

(c)

jealous

7.

(a)

tensions

(b)

jealousy

(c)

arguments

8.

(a)

radio game

(b)

stereo game

(c)

video game

9.

(a)

affected

(b)

affecting

(c)

affect

10.

(a)

community

(b)

condition

(c)

communication

11.

(a)

University

(b)

Kindergarten

(c)

Elementary

12

(a)

violent

(b)

arguments

(c)

mental


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

New rheceasr

2.

mental rmblopse

3.

gsmtunrae with your siblings

4.

brothers and sisters from iifhggnt

5.

during the Christmas aoesns

6.

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Paragraph 2

7.

nentoiss get high

8.

Even the octsesl brothers and sisters

9.

develop odonniitsc

10.

lack of self-idonnefcce

11.

go to a lpsiroefosan

12.

become tilnoev


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

the new video game first. Even the closest brothers and sisters end up arguing. If siblings continue

(    )

go to a professional if the kids' arguments become violent.

(    )

out for themselves. The researchers asked 145 pairs of teenage siblings why

(    )

conditions such as depression and a lack of self-confidence. Dr Nicole Campione-Barr,

(    )

the Christmas season. Researchers said this is because kids get jealous about presents.

1  )

New research says that you are more likely to have mental problems when you grow

(    )

At Christmas, tensions get high over who gets the best presents and who plays

(    )

and when they had arguments. They said they had most arguments during

(    )

say that parents should not stop brothers and sisters from fighting. It is best to let them sort it

(    )

to argue as they grow up, it can affect them later on in their lives. They can develop

(    )

a professor at the University of Missouri, warned parents that they should

(    )

up if you have arguments with your siblings when you are a child. However, researchers


PUT THE WORDS IN THE RIGHT ORDER

With a partner, put the words back into the correct order.

1.

mental     more     problems     likely     to     You     have     are.    

2.

siblings     your     with     arguments     have     you     If.    

3.

best     is     It     themselves     for     out    it    sort    them    let    to.    

4.

Christmas     most     season    arguments    during    They    the    had.    

5.

because     presents     kids     get     This     jealous     is     about.    

6.

best     Tensions     over     the     high     gets    presents    get     who.    

7.

closest     sisters    arguing    the    and    up    Even     brothers     end.    

8.

lives     can     later     their     It     them     in     affect     on.    

9.

develop     can     They     depression     as     such     conditions.    

10.

if     become     Go     professional     kids     a     the     violent     to.    


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

STUDENT A's QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

1.

________________________________________________________

2.

________________________________________________________

3.

________________________________________________________

4.

________________________________________________________

5.

________________________________________________________

6.

________________________________________________________

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STUDENT B's QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

1.

________________________________________________________

2.

________________________________________________________

3.

________________________________________________________

4.

________________________________________________________

5.

________________________________________________________

6.

________________________________________________________


WRITING

Write about siblings for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other's work.

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HOMEWORK

1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

2. BROTHERS AND SISTERS: Search the Internet and find more information about kids' arguments. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE:Write a magazine article about siblings. Include an imaginary interview with a brother and sister who always argue. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

4. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT?Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

5. LETTER:Write a letter to a siblings expert. Ask him/her three questions about arguments between brothers and sisters. Give him/her three of your opinions on problems between brothers and sisters. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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