Sibling Relationships May Predict Academic Degree Attainment Sibling dynamics in childhood may affect their educational attainment later in life, according to a study from Penn State University. Published in Child Development, the study included the two oldest siblings from 152 families over 15 years, from the siblings’ middle childhood through their mid-20s. Researchers first interviewed siblings at ... Research in Brief
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Research in Brief   |   October 01, 2018
Sibling Relationships May Predict Academic Degree Attainment
The ASHA Leader, October 2018, Vol. 23, 17. doi:10.1044/leader.RIB4.23102018.17
The ASHA Leader, October 2018, Vol. 23, 17. doi:10.1044/leader.RIB4.23102018.17
Sibling dynamics in childhood may affect their educational attainment later in life, according to a study from Penn State University. Published in Child Development, the study included the two oldest siblings from 152 families over 15 years, from the siblings’ middle childhood through their mid-20s.
Researchers first interviewed siblings at the average of 11.8 and 9.2 years old to gauge how much warmth and affinity existed between the children. Questions focused on how often they turned to their sibling for advice or support, whether they perceived parents treating them differently and, if so, if they deemed this treatment unfair.

The more warmth felt between siblings in childhood, the similar their levels of academic achievement as young adults.

At follow-up interviews (around 26 years of age), researchers found that even when controlling for grade-point average, the more warmth felt between siblings in childhood, the more similar their levels of academic achievement as young adults.
“It’s not that siblings who are close are more likely to graduate from college, they’re just more likely to end up with the same level of education, either graduating from college or not,” says corresponding author Xiaoran Sun.
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