Siblings can help develop prosocial behaviour

Posted on October 18, 2014

A new study shows a positive sibling relationship helps boys, as well as girls. The finding is a surprise to family scholars because boys typically report that they benefit less than girls from peer relationships.

The study discovers that most relationships were not as important for boys as they were for girls, but the sibling relationship was different — they seemed to report relying on sibling affection just as much as girls do.

A sibling relationship enhances the growth of sympathy. A quality relationship with a brother or sister also increased teens’ levels of altruism, also known as prosocial behavior.

Researchers found that boys who have a hostile relationship with a sibling were significantly more likely to have behavioral problems later on.

Parents should do everything they can to help their children have a positive relationship with each other as the connection will yield lasting rewards.

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Source material from Psych Central

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