Number of Siblings and Social Skills Revisited Among American Fifth Graders

  title={Number of Siblings and Social Skills Revisited Among American Fifth Graders},
  author={Douglas B. Downey and Dennis J. Condron and Deniz Yucel},
  journal={Journal of Family Issues},
  pages={273 - 296}
Most research on the consequences of the number of siblings highlights their downside—the negative association between sibship size and educational outcomes. But recently scholars have begun to understand the potential benefits of siblings, with some research indicating that kindergartners are more socially adept when they have at least one brother or sister. We expand this line of inquiry by studying fifth graders, a point where sufficient school-based peer interactions have occurred to… Expand

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