Comparing Adolescent only Children


The article focuses on the differences between singletons inAmerican families and children who are born with siblings. It isclear from the article that a study was carried out on singletons andchildren with siblings. Previous studies that have been discussed inthe article assert that the singletons have a high likelihood ofsucceeding in school or in educational matters than the children withsiblings (Zeng-yin C. &amp RuthX, 2014). On the other hand, childrenwith siblings are not well endowed in school and they perform belowaverage. However, these children are well equipped in social skillsand interact and associate extremely well with other children. On thecontrary, children from singleton families have poor communicationand interaction skills. They find it extremely hard to interact andsocialize with other children (Zeng-yin C. &amp RuthX, 2014).

The research that is described in the article focuses on theadolescent children from siblings’ children and singleton children.It is clear from the finding that children with a single sibling arenot different in terms of academic levels from singleton children.However, children with more than one sibling were found out to belower on the academic level compared with singletons (Zeng-yin C. &ampRuthX, 2014). It is also that firstborns from large families aresimilar in academic levels with singleton children. However, laterborn children’ similarity with singletons depends on the number ofsiblings.

The study in the article only focuses on the effects of siblings onadolescents’ academic related outcomes and psychologicaladjustments. As stated above the difference depends on the number ofsiblings for later born children. The research notes that thedifferences in number of siblings only involve academic relatedoutcomes. There is no much difference noted in psychological relatedaspects due to varying number of children. This research in thearticle seems to agree with the previous researches that indicatedthat there exists no difference on the psychological aspects ofchildren whether singletons or with siblings.


Zeng-yin C. &amp RuthX. L (2014). Comparing Adolescent Only Childrenwith Those Who Have Siblings on Academic Related Outcomes andPsychosocial Adjustment. Hindawi Publishing Corporation. ChildDevelopment Research. Volume 2014, Article ID 578289, 10 pages.