Wednesday, 1 February 2017

The effect of siblings on children's social skills and perspective taking

Samantha Sang (Department of Family and Human Development, Arizona State University)
Jackie Nelson (School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, University of Texas at Dallas)

Paper Highlights:-

  • Researchers examined how sibling characteristics influenced social competence based on child's gender.
  • Hierarchical regression analyses suggested girls without a sibling had greater perspective taking than girls with brothers, boys with brothers seemed to somewhat benefit in perspective taking and increases in social skills over one year were observed among children with a younger sister.
  • Findings suggest the influence of siblings are more complex than simply having a sibling or not.

Keywords: gender; perspective taking; sibling relationships; social competence

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