Lesser Risk of Divorce for People who grow up with More Siblings

Lesser Risk of Divorce for People who grow up with More SiblingsIf facts of a new study are to be believed, people with more siblings are less likely to divorce compared to those children with one or two siblings. The study was conducted to figure out effects that siblings may have on divorce on adulthood.

The chances of divorce decline by 2% with each additional sibling a person has. The analysis was based on data collected from 57,061 adults in the General Social Survey between 1972 and 2012.

Doug Downey is Ohio State University sociologist and a co-author of the study. He said, "There are a lot of other factors that affect divorce that are more important than how many siblings you had. However, we're finding that the number of siblings is a factor".

The study was presented during a meeting of the American Sociological Association in New York City on Tuesday. According to authors, the reason behind that could be siblings' contribution to further enhance social skills required in navigating marriage.

However, the findings are being said to be far from the reality by others who study divorce and family size.

People who are brought up in large families are more likely to be family oriented, and thus have lesser chances to divorce, said sociologist S. Philip Morgan, director of the Carolina Population Center at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

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