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ERIC Number: ED256510
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Apr-25
Pages: 16
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Siblings and Child Development: Evidence from a Meta-Analysis of the Literature on Only Children.
Polit, Denise F.; Falbo, Toni
The present study involved a meta-analysis of 157 studies in which only children were compared with individuals raised with siblings. Findings failed to confirm the persistent negative stereotype of only children as maladjusted and disadvantaged. In fact, results suggested that only children are advantaged with respect to intelligence, educational and occupational attainment, achievement motivation, self-esteem, leadership, and relations with their parents. Many of these advantages are sustained even when social class and ethnicity are controlled. Only children and children with siblings were also found to be comparable in terms of academic performance, peer popularity, extraversion, autonomy, maturity, anxiety, mental illness, and behavior problems. In none of the 14 areas examined was there evidence that only children are handicapped by the absence of siblings. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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