Having Siblings Reduces Risk of Depression Among Teens

  • By Lee Ki-hun

    December 19, 2017 13:02

    Teenagers who do not have siblings are more likely to experience depression and attempt suicide than those who do, a study shows.

    A team of researchers led by Lee Jung-kwon at Samsung Medical Center conducted an online poll of 68,043 teenagers to analyze the physical and mental health of teenagers and their social behaviors.

    Some 23 percent of respondents who have siblings said they had felt too depressed to do anything for at least two weeks, compared to 26 percent among those who do not have siblings. The study found that the latter, in general, are 11 percent more at risk of depression than the former.

    Some 3.9 percent of those who do not have siblings had attempted suicide over the past 12 months, compared to 2.2 percent for those with siblings.

    "The study suggests that having siblings can help reduce feelings of loneliness or isolation, and provide the support needed to avoid depression and prevent suicide," Lee said.

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