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Does birth order among siblings decide position in soccer?
Fathers everywhere will be relieved to know that, when it comes to playing football, the youngest in the family will not always be nominated the goalkeeper and the eldest the striker. (2003-12-18)

Does having a sibling with autism affect a child's language and motor skills?
A review of published studies suggests that infants who have siblings with autism spectrum disorder may have less advanced linguistic and motor skills than siblings of children with typical development. (2017-07-19)

Helping children resolve past conflicts may be beneficial
A study of conflict resolution in siblings suggests it is beneficial for children to resolve past disagreements even after the conflict is over. This research was conducted with sixty four pairs of siblings ages 4 to 12. The study concludes that encouraging after-the-fact resolution of differences, parents can help their children develop conflict resolution skills. The study also addressed the factors most likely to affect how conflict is resolved between siblings of different ages. (2006-11-14)

Hey, that's my shirt! Sibling conflict harms trust and communication between adolescent siblings
Whether it is about who gets to ride shotgun or who wore a shirt without asking, siblings fight. While seemingly innocent, a recent study at the University of Missouri reveals that certain types of fights can affect the quality of sibling relationships. MU researchers identified two major types of conflict among adolescent siblings and found that conflicts about personal space have a negative impact on trust and communication between siblings. (2010-04-05)

Sibling competition helped guide dispersal in pre-industrial populations
Researchers who examined family genealogies from Finland found that the presence of same-sex elder siblings increased the probability that people would disperse to new lands, whereas having opposite-sex siblings had less influence. (2016-07-25)

Oh brother! Having a sibling makes boys selfless
A study found that siblings uniquely promote sympathy and altruism. Boys and girls benefited equally -- a surprise since girls generally benefit more from friendships. A hostile relationship with a sibling made boys more likely to have behavior problems. (2014-10-15)

Death of a child in the neonatal intensive care unit
Little is known about the long-term effects of the death of a child in the neonatal intensive care unit on survivor siblings. These siblings may encounter unforeseen emotional difficulties and developmental consequences that can occur whether the siblings are born before or after the infant's death. A new study soon to be published in the Journal of Pediatrics explores the psychological and emotional issues related to siblings of children who died in the NICU. (2009-04-02)

Parents' comparisons make siblings different
A new study from BYU shows that when parents compare their kids, it shows up in the classroom. (2015-06-16)

Siblings' experiences in middle childhood predict differences in college graduation status
Graduating from college has significant implications for adults' long-term success, including employment, family formation, and health. A new longitudinal study found that when siblings in middle childhood experienced less warmth in their relationships with each other, spent different amounts of time with their fathers, or thought their parents treated them unfairly relative to their siblings, they were more likely to differ in their college graduation status (i.e., graduating versus not graduating). (2018-04-17)

Sibling relationships reflect family dynamics
New research on sibling relationships indicates that efforts to improve relationships among siblings need to take into account how all members of the family relate to each other. This study of 200 white, working- and middle-class families found that changes in parent-child relationships are associated with changes in sibling relationships. Among other findings, the study found that sibling discord peaks when the first-born child is about 13 and the second-born is about 10 years old. (2006-11-14)

Aggression in adolescents is influenced by siblings
Sibling order and gender have effects on children's and adolescents' aggression. Having a brother or highly aggressive sibling of either gender was linked to greater increases in aggression over time. Older siblings with younger brothers had fairly stable aggression levels over time. In addition to age differences, the researchers considered parenting styles and family economics in their analysis. The research suggests that interventions related to aggression should include both siblings and parents (2007-09-28)

Young birds less honest when competing against siblings
Chicks that are competing with siblings or whose parents are likely to die or switch partners tend to be less honest when begging for food, research into sibling rivalry in birds by Oxford University scientists has found. (2016-11-07)

Siblings' bad habits brush off
Brothers and sisters are more powerful role models than friends or parents when it comes to teenage drinking and smoking, research has shown. (2006-01-13)

Number of siblings predicts risk of brain tumors
How many brothers and sisters you have, especially younger ones, could predict your chances of developing a brain tumor, according to a study published in the December 12, 2006, issue of Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology. (2006-12-11)

Recurrence risk for autism spectrum disorders examined for full, half siblings
A Danish study of siblings suggests the recurrence risks for autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) varied from 4.5 percent to 10.5 percent depending on the birth years, which is higher than the ASD risk of 1.18 percent in the overall Danish population, according to a study published by JAMA Pediatrics, a JAMA Network publication. (2013-08-19)

Children experience differing changes one year after a sibling's death from cancer
The majority of children experience personal changes and changes in relationships one year after their sibling has died from cancer; however, positive and negative changes are not universal. These are the findings from the first study -- published online Nov. 3, 2011 in Cancer Nursing -- to examine changes in siblings after the death of a brother or sister to cancer from three different perspectives: mothers, fathers and siblings. (2011-11-16)

Siblings Of People With Heart Disease Are Less Likely To Get Treatment
DALLAS, July 17 -- You may think you're nothing like your brother or sister, but if any of your siblings have heart disease, think again. In a study in this month's Hypertension: Journal of the American Heart Association, brothers and sisters of people who have heart disease before age 60 had a greater risk of developing high blood pressure, a major risk for heart disease. (1998-07-16)

Hebrew University research shows developmental problems for siblings of autistic children
Younger siblings of children with autism are at risk to suffer from delayed verbal, cognitive and motor development in their early childhood years. (2007-04-23)

Study finds children with autism more likely to be bullied at home and at school
A major new study has found children with autism are more likely to be bullied by both their siblings and their peers, meaning that when they return from school, they have no respite from victimization. (2019-07-21)

New study debunks myth that only children are more narcissistic than kids with siblings
The stereotype that only children are selfish, or more self-centered than those with siblings is sometimes used as an argument for having more than one child, but researchers from Germany find there's no evidence for the claim that only children are more narcissistic than children with sibling. (2019-10-15)

How poison frog tadpoles escape their cannibalistic siblings
Poison frog tadpoles are dependent on parent for transportation, which helps them become separated from their cannibalistic siblings. A new study found that if all tadpoles hatch into the same pool and an adult frog enters it, tadpoles are highly attracted to the adult and try to mount it in order to escape their siblings -- even if the frog does not show any willingness to conduct transportation behaviors. (2017-05-15)

Study examines social outcomes in young adults with childhood-onset epilepsy
In a recent study, young adults who developed uncomplicated epilepsy as children (meaning that they did not have other neurologic or intellectual impairment) had similar social outcomes as their siblings, but only if they had not experienced a seizure in at least five years. (2017-04-05)

Relationship quality affects siblings' mental health, risky behaviors
The Latino culture, more than others, places a high value on the family unit; yet, little research has examined the dynamics of Latino family relationships and how those dynamics affect children's development. Now, a University of Missouri researcher found sibling relationship quality in adolescence affects Mexican-origin adolescents' and young adults' later depressive symptoms and their involvement in risky behaviors, including those with sexual risk. (2015-09-30)

Girls in school pave the way for siblings -- new study on the effects of schooling in Ethiopia
Annika Lindskog, an economics researcher from the University of Gothenburg, studied data from the Amhara region in rural Ethiopia and found that the schooling of older siblings, especially older sisters, has a positive effect on the schooling of younger siblings. (2011-06-08)

Younger and older siblings contribute positively to each other's developing empathy
A new longitudinal study looked at whether younger siblings also contribute to their older sisters' and brothers' empathy in early childhood, when empathic tendencies begin to develop. The research found that beyond the influence of parents, both older and younger siblings positively influence each other's empathic concern over time. (2018-02-20)

Siblings help children get along with others in kindergarten
Children who grow up with one or more siblings get along better with their classmates in kindergarten than do only children. In a national study of more than 20,000 children, teachers rated students who had at least one sibling as better able to form and maintain friendships, get along with people who are different, comfort and help other children, express feelings in a positive way, and show sensitivity to the feelings of others. (2004-07-21)

Childhood sibling dynamics may predict differences in college education
The effects of sibling relationships may go beyond childhood bickering and bonding, according to Penn State researchers who found that these relationships may predict similarities and differences in siblings' education later in life. (2018-06-18)

No increased cancer risk for siblings of children with cancer
Results of a population-based study published in this week's issue of THE LANCET suggest that siblings of children with common, non-inheritable cancer are not at an increased risk of malignant disease. (2001-08-30)

Mum's the word when it comes to children's happiness
Young people's satisfaction with their family situation is clearly related to the quality of relationships with parents and especially their mother's happiness. The research findings come from the first findings from Understanding Society, the world's largest household panel study managed by the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) at the University of Essex. (2011-04-02)

Topics of teen sibling fights affect anxiety, depression, self-esteem
Conflict between teen siblings can be associated with different psychological outcomes, depending on the type of conflict. A new study asked 145 pairs of teenage siblings to rate the topic, frequency, and intensity of their fights. Siblings who fought more about equality and fairness showed increased depression a year later, while siblings who fought more about invasions of personal space reported increased anxiety and lower self-esteem. (2012-12-20)

Growing up without sibs doesn't hurt social skills
Growing up without siblings doesn't seem to be a disadvantage for teenagers when it comes to social skills, new research suggests. A study of more than 13,000 middle and high school students across the country found that (2010-08-16)

University of Miami study shows delays in siblings of children with autism spectrum disorders
A new University of Miami study shows that one in three children who have an older sibling with an autism related disorder fall into a group characterized by higher levels of autism-related behaviors or lower levels of developmental progress. (2012-05-16)

Siblings of children with autism or ADHD are at elevated risk for both disorders
Later-born siblings of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are at elevated risk for both disorders, a new study led by Meghan Miller, assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and at the UC Davis MIND Institute, has concluded. The findings appear today in JAMA Pediatrics. (2018-12-10)

New program focuses on the sometimes neglected needs of siblings of sick children
A sick child in the family sometimes means that well children don't always receive a proportional share of parents' attention; a new program focuses on the needs of well children dealing with the complexity of having an ill sibling. (2005-06-13)

Having an older sibling poses risk of serious flu for babies and toddlers
Children under two years are more likely to be admitted to hospital with influenza if they have an older sister or brother, according to research published in the European Respiratory Journal. (2017-09-27)

Sibling Bone Marrow Donors Do Better In School
Siblings who donate bone marrow to their brothers or sisters are more adaptive at school, their teachers tell researchers, but the children themselves aren't so sure. These same sibling-donors report more anxiety and lower self-esteem than do non-donor siblings of transplant patients. (1997-08-08)

The un-favorite child
Adults who recall their parents being more lenient with siblings can still grow to be generally happy, thanks to personality type and life experience, says a Temple University study. (2009-01-20)

Childhood Sibling Abuse Common, But Most Adults Don't Remember It That Way, Study Finds
If told the story of a child who was kicked, bitten, hit with a fist or choked, the words that would come into most people's mind are (1997-08-18)

Genetics likely to be a major factor in osteoarthritis of the hip
Siblings have a five fold increased risk of developing osteoarthritis of the hip compared with unrelated individuals, which suggests a strong genetic influence on susceptibility to the disease, according to research from Nottingham in this week's BMJ. (2000-11-09)

Large families and animals keep allergies at bay
Having siblings, keeping a pet, or living on a farm helps protect infants against the development of atopic (allergic) diseases, but early infections increase the risk, according to new research from Denmark. This study will be available on (2004-04-29)

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