Having a sister can improve mental health

Having a sister can improve over-all mental health according a new study, reports The Times.

A study was carried out by psychologists at De Montfort University and the University of Ulster, and looked at 571 families, made up of brothers, sisters, and only children. It found that those who had a sister scored higher on mental health assessments, were more able to cope with problems, and had a fuller social life.

The research also showed that if a family breaks up, the sister is more likely to encourage the family to talk about their feelings, and help maintain relationships.

Liz Wright, who helped lead the study, said: “It seems many only children had built up significant social support outside the home by the time they reached their late teens which helped them in a crisis and in other areas of life.”

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