Single Children Are Not Socially Retarded, Says Study

A recently released sociology research, carried out by a group of scientists at Ohio State University, revealed that children who grew up with no siblings do not suffer any setbacks regarding their social skills. The study was published on August the 16th in Atlanta, as part of the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association.

About 13,000 children, who were raised up without siblings, took part in this study with their age ranging between 11 to 18 years. The children were selected from middle schools as well as high schools. The study depended on measuring the popularity of the only-children among their schoolmates, who have siblings themselves.

Donna Bobbitt-Zeher and Douglas Downey, the main researchers of this study, had worked earlier on another study that showed that until kindergarten, children with no siblings showed less interaction among their peers and sometimes no interaction at all. However, this changes when children join elementary schools.

The co-author of the study and Assistant Professor of Sociology at Ohio State University, Marion Campus, Donna Bobbitt-Zeher, said, "I don't think anyone has to be concerned that if you don't have siblings, you won't learn the social skills you need to get along with other students in high school".