08/10/2010 // US // TiffNews10 // News Desk
U.S. – A new study suggests having a sister may help teenagers better deal with their emotions. As reported by the U.S. News & World Report, researchers found that siblings may encourage kindness and generosity in teens, with sisters being more likely than their male counterparts to have this type of positive influence.
Laura Padilla-Walker, a professor at Brigham Young University, is quoted in the report as stating of the effects of relationships between siblings, “As a parent, it’s really good to know that sibling affection is related quite strongly to helping, generosity, kindness… We often don’t see them [as] a protective factor.”
Padilla-Walker is further quoted as stating, “Sisters seem to be uniquely powerful…It could be that sisters act as a sounding board at a time when adolescents don’t talk with their parents.”
Information about the study may be available in the August publication of the Journal of Family Psychology.
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