Sibling presence acts as protection from negative effect of parental fights in childhood: study

Children are more prone to suffer from mental health related problems if they experience situations in which there is tension related to arguments between parents. But a recent study shows that strong relationship between siblings protect children against such mental trauma.
According to the study — conducted by a group of researchers from the University of Rochester — children who have seen bitter relationship between their parents are more prone to suffer from distress. However, the children depend on their siblings as their source of emotional support.
Patrick Davies, a researcher of the project, was quoted saying, “Children may be using their siblings as sources of protection and emotional support– that is, as attachment figures.”
The researchers said that siblings work as one another’s support system as they share warmth, distress, concerns along with fetching corrective feedback.
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