Falbo T, Polit DF. A type of family that has always interested me is the one with a single child. They can try to foster healthy friendships at home, invite the cousins over more often, and model pro-social behaviors.

Quantitative review of the only child literature: Research evidence and theory development. Culturally, only-child families — the fastest-growing family unit in the United States — are in the midst of a sea change. Au contraire — a 2010 study by The Institute for Social and Economic Research surveyed 2500 children, and found that, on average, only children … In fact, research published in the Journal of Individual Psychology reveals that only children tend to academically outperform their peers. According to her research, far from being dependent, most only children are self-reliant. But scientists have debunked this misguided assumption over time. 1978; 8:244–253. Only children have higher IQs than those with siblings. Much of the only-child myth-debunking has been done by Toni Falbo, a professor of educational psychology at the University of Texas, who has researched only children … Falbo T. Only children and interpersonal behavior: An experimental and survey study. Early psychological research, which informed popular stereotypes, concluded that only children were at a disadvantage. Psychological Bulletin. 1986; 100:176–189. Despite this research, the myth of these sad and lonely only children with their desperate and unfulfilled mothers stubbornly persists. The only child is often subject to others' misperceptions about his personality, much like the middle child.But like most paradoxical comparisons, science has the ability to break down the personality and health of what it’s like to be an only child compared to taking on the world with a … Toni Falbo, a professor of educational psychology at the University of Texas at Austin and research methodologist Denise Polit undertook a meta-study looking at only children … Many only children keep aiming high in adulthood to regain that high they got from parental praise as kids. The experience of being an only child is lived in various ways, in different kinds of home environment. On her website, Dr. Newman explores myths about the only child. With a pile of contradictory only-child research on the table, it’s clear that we need more studies. Self-reliance. This statement shows how complex this issue can be, yet it reflects only a certain percentage of the factors we may take into consideration. Feiring C, Lewis M. Journal of Applied Social Psychology.

Expose your only child to a wide range of people and experiences, and allow him to choose those that feel the most comfortable. Until then, parents worried that their only-children may develop selfish tendencies have few options.