YOUNGER SIBLINGS INSPIRE EMPATHY

Feb 20, 2018

By Christine Ross

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Good news for parents. If your kids lack empathy, it’s not your fault!

A new study says younger siblings play a role in developing empathy—but the older ones get all the credit. The study finds that both older and younger siblings positively influence each other’s compassion over time. Older siblings have always been credited for being the role model for younger siblings. But University of Calgary researchers looked at the relationship the other way around… and tested an ethnically diverse group of 452 sibling pairs and their mothers in Canada. Researchers were shocked to find that even children under 3 play a meangingful role in shaping empathy in older siblings.

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