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People With a Disabled Sibling Have More Empathy, According to Psychology

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Child Development.Having a child or sibling with a developmental disorder or disability often causes immense stress for families.

Siblings who grow up with a disabled sibling may experience more adversity and challenges. However, few studies looked into the positive aspects of growing up with a disabled sibling until this research.

ADVERTISEMENT The recent study marks one of the first to investigate the connection between having a disabled sibling and greater empathy.“The findings indicate that siblings of children with disabilities may have greater cognitive empathy (i.e., understanding of others’ thoughts and feelings), which is important as cognitive empathy is key for social skills,” said Yonat Rum, a postdoctoral researcher at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the University of Cambridge.Researchers analyzed data from the Longitudinal Israeli Study of Twins for the study.

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