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Impact of Kin on Social Skills; Comparing Singletons and Individuals with Siblings

Gherman, Jennifer (2022) Impact of Kin on Social Skills; Comparing Singletons and Individuals with Siblings. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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The current study was designed to assess the differences in the social skills of adults who grew up as only children and adults who grew up with siblings. Research around social skills in respect to different home situations is vital as the healthy development of social skills impact many areas in a person’s life including mental health and peer acceptance. (Soto-Icaza, Aboitiz & Billeke, 2015) To investigate the differences a survey was administrated on the researcher’s social media , which included the Abridged Social Skills Inventory, to gather participants who would remain anonymous throughout. An independent samples t-test was used to analyze the participants (n=50) responses. The results produced did not accept the hypothesis : adults who grew up with siblings will be more advanced socially than adults who grew up as only children. The findings of the study challenge the assumption that adults with siblings have more advanced social skills and correlate with studies that show no difference in the development of social cognition in both groups. The current study advances knowledge in this area and portrays the results that come from adults compared to the vast studies around children and their social skills. It highlights a gap in the research and implies that with a strong parent child relationship, based on past research, only children are not deprived of social interactions compared to children in siblings.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman > Children > Child Development
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology > Child psychology
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: Clara Chan
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2022 12:40
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2022 12:40

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