• Updated
24 September 2020

Having an older brother would be associated with slower language development

Several studies had already shown that children with an older sibling have poorer language performance than those without an older sibling. But a research team from the CNRS, Robert-Debré AP-HP hospital, EHESS, ENS and Inserm has just specified this result: it would only concern children with an older brother. This work was published on August 14 in the journal Psychological Science.

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Children with older siblings have on average slower language development.
© Hugo Peyre

The effect of siblings on language development as a function of age difference and sex. Naomi Havron, Franck Ramus, Barbara Heude, Anne Forhan, Alejandrina Cristia et Hugo Peyre. Psychological Science, August 14, 2019.