Birth Order Theory

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Tobin 5 relationships with their mothers greeted their newcomer enthusiastically - perhaps relieved to have an ally. Fourteen months later, these older sisters were more likely to imitate and play with their younger siblings and less apt to hit them. (Goode 2)
Judy Dunn’s study was based on her work examining how parental signals set the tone for sibling emotion and affect the older siblings way of receiving new, younger siblings. Dunn’s research traces back to the framework of personality traits of first borns feeling deprived of parental attention because of younger siblings but includes the relationship effects of the daughter and mother to show how important the initial mother-daughter relationship was to future sibling ties.
Alan E.
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While the numerical ranking and the self perceived role a person may hold are a heavily influence to personality and character, other outside factors can change the way that person acts in the future. Such factors include environmental factors, school, and sibling feuds. Siblings feuds become influential when they are stemming from birth order and influence the way that individual is able to interact with people based on interactions from siblings and parents.
As research develops with today’s science and psychology, theories about new effects of birth order surface. But the information unique to birth order are the exceptions to the rule. The rule being that birth order is the deciding factor of personality and development. But in 1996, when this belief was most common, Frank Sulloway, author of Born to Rebel, suggested there are wide varieties of personality influences through his studies and scenarios. One of the exceptions to birth order rule is the factor of chance. Chance plays an extremely huge role in the development of not only of personality but family dynamics for the whole family. If a parent passes away the effects on personality by the parents’ death then has major effects on the siblings which has no relation to their birth order at
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Dr. Zajonc of Stanford University found evidence that tutoring benefits not only the sibling receiving the information but also the older sibling doing the teaching because of the solidification of knowledge produced by tutoring (Carey 1). Plus any questions asked challenge the explanation and understanding of the older sibling, increasing intellectual maturity. Because of parents tendency to consider eldest siblings most likely to succeed, studies suggest first borns may take on that assumption within themselves and create a self-fulfilling role. Oldest children are put in the position to excel higher intellectually because of parental push, but this does not mean that younger siblings cannot learn from and take in all materials their older sibling(s) had before them to allow younger siblings to score exceptionally well in

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