Though siblings can sometimes be a pain, having a sister might be good for kids’ emotional health, a new study has found. The results show young adolescents who had sisters either younger or older were less likely to experience negative feelings, such as loneliness and guilt. “Even after you account for parents’ influence, siblings do matter in unique ways,” said study researcher Laura Padilla-Walker, of Brigham Young University in Utah. “They give kids something that parents don’t.”
Similarly, researchers from De Montfort University in Leicester and Ulster University in Northern Ireland did a survey on mental health and found a link. The findings showed that those with sisters were encouraged by their siblings to openly communicate about their feelings more, which gave them a more optimistic outlook on life. They surveyed over 570 people aged between 17 and 25 to get these results, asking them psychological questions on various topics including mental health. See more on the study HERE.