ONLY CHILD: Mullumbimby High School student Kaitlyn McMurtry.
ONLY CHILD: Mullumbimby High School student Kaitlyn McMurtry. Contributed

Only-child study seeking subjects for HSC work

AS PART of a unique research project, Mullumbimby HSC student Kaitlyn McMurtry is looking to contact families with just one child to share their joys and challenges.

The Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School student is an only child herself and chose the topic for her major work in Year 12 Society and Culture for personal reasons.

“The idea for the project actually started a long time ago when I was around the age of seven, and began to notice my friends’ relationships with their siblings,” she said.

“I realised they had a bond with their brothers and sisters that I couldn’t share.

“Even though I had a number of good friends with whom I had great relationships, the connection just wasn’t the same as a sibling bond.”

Kaitlyn’s project will examine the rise in the number of one-child families in Australia and look at how siblings, or a lack of them, can affect a person’s sense of identity.

The project includes interviews with experts on the subject as well as a comparative study on the one-child policy in China.

As part of the project Kaitlyn will be conducting a focus group comprised of only children.

“I’m very interested to make contact with children of any age in the Northern Rivers who are interested in participating,” she said. “The information I gather from their participation will be vital for me to successfully complete the project.”

The focus group will be held in Mullumbimby on Saturday at 11am. Only children and one-child families are welcome.