A new study out shows that when it comes to intelligence, the oldest child has the upper hand. Laci Green explains what led researchers to this conclusion, and if younger siblings are really doomed to a life of mediocrity.
How Your Birth Order Can Influence Who You Are
“As many parents can attest, siblings tend to be more different than alike. Some of this may be the result of our birth order, and how we’re subsequently raised. What’s more, birth order may influence our health and sexuality too. Here’s what you need to know about how your birth rank affects your life.”
Birth Order and Personality
“‘The one thing you can bet your paycheck on is the firstborn and second-born in any given family are going to be different,’ says Dr. Kevin Leman, a psychologist who has studied birth order since 1967 and author of The Birth Order Book: Why You Are the Way You Are (Revell).”
Born In Between
“They are considered to be neglected, resentful, have no drive, have a negative outlook, feel like they don’t belong-in other words, they suffer from “Middle Child Syndrome.” A Stanford University study showed that middles are considered the most envious, least bold and least talkative of all the birth orders.”
STRATEGIC PARENTING, BIRTH ORDER AND SCHOOL PERFORMANCE
“Fueled by new evidence, there has been renewed interest about the effects of birth order on human capital accumulation. The underlying causal mechanisms for such effects remain unsettled.”
First Children Do Better In School: Parents ‘Play Tough’ With Oldest To Set Example For Younger Siblings
“Theories of birth order – hypotheses that character traits are based on where an individual falls within the lineup of siblings – have been around at least since Alfred Adler first proposed his ideas back in 1908.”
Does Birth Order Matter?
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