Are you BFs with your sis? Here's some good news: having a sister may help ward off depression, a new study says. According to the Journal of Family Psychology, sisters protect teens from "from feeling lonely, unloved, guilty, self-conscious and fearful."
Yep, and this only applies to sisters, not brothers. Researchers from Brigham Young University conducted a study of 395 Seattle families with two or more children. They found that that affectionate siblings have a positive influence on each other, no matter what age they are; if it the other sibling is a boy or a girl; or how many years apart they are in age.
So why is this the case? Well, according to BYU assistant professor Laura Padilla-Walker, sisters promote kindness and generosity. They help keep depression at bay, possibly because girls are better at opening up and discussing their problems, she says.
What do you think of the study's findings? Do you feel more loved and confident because you have a good sister? Maybe having a sweet sibling doesn't really make a difference in your life. Let us know your thoughts in the comments after the jump.