Only children are so easy for people to hate. They are, as the caricature goes, spoiled from having been loved and provided for too much, without having to endure the character-building benefits siblings provide: being ignored, being forced to jockey for the TV remote, enduring the humiliation of hand-me-downs, and…
Good news for all you Marsha Bradys and DJ Tanners out there. A new study of 1,503 sibling groups and 3,532 individuals by the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex has found that the first born girl in a family is statistically most likely to be the most ambitious and well-qualified…
A teenager in Illinois fatally stabbed her younger sister 40 times because she thought the 11-year-old was "being ungrateful". She initially blamed the attack on an intruder, but later revealed that she was responsible for it, citing her younger sister's lack of respect as the reason for her actions.
A new study suggests that the more biological older brothers a man has, the more likely he is to be gay, which researchers say supports the "nature-over-nurture" theory, or more commonly known as "born this way."
Coming from a large family could be beneficial to your marriage. Each additional sibling a person has lowers the risk of divorce by two percent, according to a new study whose authors clearly don't watch E!.
In a weird twist that maybe only further study and/or a Family Ties reboot can answer, the Global Post reports that according to a study in the new Journal of Politics, boys with only female siblings are 9.3% more likely to grow up and become Republicans. They're also less likely to help with chores, and become…
I didn't grow up with siblings anywhere near my age, so I have no idea what it feels like to have some dickhead who looks like you constantly slamming doors and touching your stuff. (Or, conversely, to be that dickhead. Or both. Whatever.) And I was always jealous of people who did—like, maybe if I'd grown up with…
It turns out that some kids really do speak like Peanuts characters, which is adorable. This big sister does her best Lucy impression as she gives her sullen little brother a pep talk, telling him (gently) to "toughen up" and to not spit on boys three times his age. At least not yet. He's got a whole lifetime of…
We've seen lots of research on the effect of birth order on children — but what about birth spacing? A new study shows that spacing kids out may be good for them — or at least the older ones.
Last week, we gave some tips on feeding your family over Thanksgiving. Today: advice on how to avoid killing them.
Were you an unhappy kid? It might be because your jerk parents just couldn't stop reproducing.
Only children of the world, rejoice — a new study says "an only child isn't necessarily a loner, misfit and brat!"
According to a new study of 13,446 youngsters, only kids do suffer socially — at first. By their teens, everyone's on a level playing field. "Whatever benefits there are in having a sibling are mediated; there's a catch-up."
A new study shows that adolescent siblings who respect each other's boundaries have a better relationship. While this isn't too earth-shattering, it's interesting that scientists are looking at sibling-relationship quality at all.
Say what you will about Serena's supposed temper, but the relationship between the Williams sisters sounds pretty sweet.
People who have sisters are happier, more optimistic, less stressed, and better at coping with life's problems, according to a new study on mental health.