What makes siblings so different

Washington, June 18 (IANS) 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.

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.”

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.

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

Leave a Reply

Please enter your comment!

The opinions, views, and thoughts expressed by the readers and those providing comments are theirs alone and do not reflect the opinions of www.mangalorean.com or any employee thereof. www.mangalorean.com is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the readers. Responsibility for the content of comments belongs to the commenter alone.  

We request the readers to refrain from posting defamatory, inflammatory comments and not indulge in personal attacks. However, it is obligatory on the part of www.mangalorean.com to provide the IP address and other details of senders of such comments to the concerned authorities upon their request.

Hence we request all our readers to help us to delete comments that do not follow these guidelines by informing us at  info@mangalorean.com. Lets work together to keep the comments clean and worthful, thereby make a difference in the community.

Please enter your name here