Researchers from Brigham Young University's School of Family Life have concluded that favouritism is in fact in the eye of the beholder. Essentially, if a younger sibling feels like they’re the favourite and their parents agree, the parent-child relationship is strengthened. If they don’t think they’re the favourite, the opposite happens.For older siblings, whether they’re considered to be the favourite or not has less of an effect on their relationship with their parents.The researchers believe this is due to social comparison, with younger siblings placing more emphasis on comparing themselves to their older siblings.“It’s not that first-borns don't ever think about their siblings and themselves in reference to them,” says BYU School of Family Life assistant professor Alex Jensen. “It’s just not as active of a part of their daily life.
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