Tuesday, Sep 27, 2022

What makes siblings so different

By the time siblings reach the teenage years, parents may have formed their beliefs about siblings' relative smarts from years of experiences.

sibling-main Ever wondered what makes siblings so different though they may share a lot of habits?

Ever wondered what makes siblings so different though they may share a lot of habits? A study finds that the answer lies in the parents’ beliefs about their children — and the comparisons they make may cause differences to be magnified.

“Parents’ beliefs about their children, not just their actual parenting, may influence what their children become,” said lead author Alex Jensen from Brigham Young University, Utah.

The study published in the Journal of Family Psychology, focused on siblings and academic achievement.

They looked at 388 teenage first and second-born siblings and their parents from 17 school districts in a northeastern state.

Subscriber Only Stories
Re-Defining The Tradition In Folk Art: An Art Educator’s PerspectivePremium
Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences (SSSS) launches undergraduate program...Premium
MIT World Peace University launches Five-Year Integrated B.Tech with MBA ...Premium
Bring Home The Ultimate Solution For The Whole Family With Airtel Xstream...Premium

The researchers asked the parents which sibling was better in school.

The majority of parents thought that the first-born was better, although on average, siblings’ achievement was pretty similar.

“That may not sound like much. But over time those small effects have the potential to turn into siblings who are quite different from one another.”

Advertisement

By the time siblings reach the teenage years, parents may have formed their beliefs about siblings’ relative smarts from years of experiences.

So when parents compare adolescent siblings to each other, it may be based on differences that have existed for years.

“Parents tend to view older siblings as more capable but on average older siblings are not doing better in school than their younger siblings,” Jensen said.

Advertisement

“To help all children succeed, parents should focus on recognizing the strengths of each of their children and be careful about vocally making comparisons in front of them.”

First published on: 19-06-2015 at 01:23:03 pm
Next Story

Yoga fads abound, but do they have health benefits?

Latest Comment
Post Comment
Read Comments
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
X