Behavior can be defined as the way in
which an individual behaves or acts towards others
especially on a particular occasion. Behavior is the
mirror which reflects one’s true self. The patterns of
behavior displayed by children are important indications
of their growth and development.
Objective: to compare the behaviour of a single child
and sibling child between the age group 5-15 years of
Methodology: Children aged 5-15 years attending OPD
in Paediatrics Department of Hi-Tech MCH,
Bhubaneswar from September 2019 to October 2021
were included. A Child Behavior Checklist was used to
assess the behavioral quality of the children. It is a
questionnaire containing 50 items. Each item scores 0, 1
and 2 respectively for Not True, Sometimes True and
Very True. The maximum possible score was 100 and
the total score was categorized as Good behaviour
pattern ( score 0 - 54), Average behaviour pattern ( score
55 - 77) and Poor behaviour pattern ( score 78 - 100).
Depending upon the score, the children were categorized
into good, average, poor behavior pattern. Data was
entered into MS Excel, tabulated and analyzed using
appropriate statistical tests.
Results: Out of total 220 children( 110- single child, 110
child with sibling) most of the Single child, 79(71.8%)
had average behaviour pattern as compared to Child
with siblings, whose maximum children97(88%) had
good behaviour pattern.
Conclusion: Its better to have atleast 2 children in a
family than a single child as siblings help a lot in
modifying and shaping the behaviour pattern of a child.
Keywords : single child, siblings, parents, behaviour, modified behaviour checklist