Siblings cause depression?

Filed under: Siblings, Health & Safety: Babies

I've long wondered if my 3-year-old daughter would be better-off with a little brother or sister. A recent study, however, says that having siblings can be a double-edged sword. As noted by Brian White on our partner blog, That's Fit, "If you have siblings (either gender), but are not close with them, your chance for developing depressing later in life is greatly enhanced."

The good news is that having a decent relationship with at least one of your siblings seems to have the opposite effect -- as participants in the study who got along with a brother or sister were less likely to be depressed.

Although, researchers aren't entirely sure what the connection means -- or whether a poor sibling relationship is a cause, or effect of depression.

What does seem clear, however, is that childhood relationships are linked to depression later in life.

I'm interested to learn more. My sister and I fought like cats and dogs for almost our entire childhood, but are now friends as adults. Does reconciliation make a difference? Or is my current mental health affected by the spats we had in grade school?

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.