Boys with sisters more likely to be Republicans, avoid chores

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Sibling relationships are always interesting to analyzing, especially when it’s done by a group of professional scientists.

In a study published in the latest issue of the Journal of Politics, it was found that boys who grow up with sisters are less likely to help mom with house chores and more likely to grow up to be Republicans.

The authors of the study, Andrew Healy and Neil Malhotra claim that boys who have sister are also more likely to have socially conservative views regarding gender roles.

“Having sisters makes males more politically conservative in terms of their gender role attitudes and their partisanship,” they wrote. “Particularly for gender role attitudes, we find that these political socialization effects persist until respondents are will into adulthood.”

According to Pew Research the study was conducted by a series of surveys to more than 3,000 individuals. The surveys began in 1987 when the individuals were 10 years old or older. They were also surveyed again in 2008.

More from the study:

“Researchers have found that sisters are more likely than their brothers to help wash the dishes, sweep the floor and do other traditionally gender-stereotyped tasks around the house. For example, in the data they examined, about 60% of boys but 82% of girls 10 and older with younger siblings told interviewers they were expected to help with the dishes.”

So, parents, if you want kids to help out around the house, have girls. Beyonce was right – who run this world? Girls.


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