If you grew up with at least one sister, you are generally a happier and more balanced adult than if you had grown up without a female sibling in the family. These are the findings of a London survey done in 2009 and presented to The British Psychological Society.
“Sisters appear to encourage more open communication and cohesion in families… Emotional expression is fundamental to good psychological health and having sisters promotes this in families,” says Professor Tony Cassidy of Ulster’s School of Psychology.
Cassidy, who conducted the study of 571 participants between the ages of 17 and 25, found that people who grew up without a sister tend to be more distressed.
So, if you have at least one sister, give her a hug! Odds are that she has provided you with better social support, more optimism, and better coping abilities than if you had grown up without her.
For more information on this study, please visit London’s University of Ulster.