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The Complex Connection: How Age Differences Between Siblings Impact Mental Health, and Strategies for Promoting a Supportive Relationship


Feb 13, 2024
The Impact of Siblings on Teen Mental Health

A new study has uncovered that the age difference between siblings can impact their mental health, with smaller gaps leading to poorer outcomes. According to Gardere, this trend is linked to the tendency to treat children the same due to their similar maturational stages, disregarding their individual requirements.

On the other hand, there are positive mental health benefits to having siblings. Research shows that siblings can offer emotional support, companionship, and a unique understanding of each other’s experiences, creating a sense of belonging and companionship. Gardere notes that while only children may receive more attention from their parents, siblings provide a different kind of support and companionship.

To mitigate the potentially negative effects of close age gaps between siblings, parents can make an effort to distinguish and address each child’s individual needs and perspectives. They can also encourage a supportive and empathetic relationship between siblings by promoting open communication and creating healthy family dynamics.

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