You become a better person because you have a sister! As someone who has two sisters, I can promise you that my sisters made me a better person despite their squabbling and fighting. This isn’t just my opinion; studies have shown that having a sister improves people’s lives. Having a sister protects young teenagers from feeling melancholy, lonely, unloved, and various other bad sensations, according to a 2010 research performed at Bringham Young University and published in the August 2010 edition of the Journal of Family Psychology.
Researchers looked at 350 Seattle-area households with two or more children, one of whom was between 10 and 14. It demonstrated that sisters could exert an extraordinary influence on their siblings that their parents could not. Sisters help their siblings develop conflict resolution skills and empathy while teaching them how to care for others. “Even after accounting for the effect of parents, siblings matter in unique ways,” said Padilla-Walker, a professor at BYU’s School of Family Life. “They provide something to children that parents do not.”
The study looked at the families’ interactions and then followed up with them a year later. When the data was examined, it was shown that sisters acted as emotional guardians for their siblings. And also, it didn’t seem to make a difference whether the sister was younger or older than the other.
Even though sisters and siblings argue frequently, their bond is meaningful and deep. According to Padilla-Walker, the goal is to promote optimism and affection.
“The lesson for parents of younger children is to foster sibling affection,” Padilla-Walker added. “Once kids reach puberty, it will be a significant protective factor.” It was shown that hostility in the family dynamic correlates to a higher likelihood of delinquency, although arguing among siblings can still be beneficial. According to the study, such conflicts assist siblings in strengthening their conflict resolution abilities. And teaching them to regulate their emotions. “It appears that a lack of affection is a larger issue than high levels of conflict,” Padilla-Walker added.
As a result, we should all be grateful to our sisters. On the other hand, having elder brothers made you more likely to be shorter, according to David Lawson, an anthropologist at University College London. So, a huge thank you to the brothers as well.
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