Birth order within families has long sparked sibling rivalry, but it might also impact the child's personality and intelligence, a new study suggests. First-borns are typically smarter, while younger siblings get better grades and are more outgoing, the researchers say.
The findings weigh in on a long-standing debate: What effect if any does birth order have on a person's life? While numerous studies have been conducted, researchers have yet to draw any definitive conclusions.
The results lend support to some previous hypotheses - for instance, that the eldest sibling tends to have higher aptitude. But the study also contradicts other proposed ideas, for example, that first-borns tend to be more extroverted.
The findings shed light on the influence of sibling relationships, which often receives less attention compared with that of the mother-child or father-child relationship,
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I am the oldest- I do not buy in to the theory at all. Most neurotic- probably. Parents can be unrealistic with firstborns. My oldest is driven and bright. My youngest is very easy going and brighter.
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