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Birth Order as a Construct

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BIRTH ORDER. (2003). In International Encyclopedia of Marriage and Family.

Birth Order. (2004). In The Concise Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology and Behavioral Science.

Marini, V. A., & Kurtz, J. E. (2011). Birth order differences in normal personality traits: Perspectives from within and outside the family. Personality & Individual Differences, 51(8), 910-914. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2011.07.019

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It appears that birth order is very useful as a construct, which is largely due to the fact that birth order seems to have a variety of different effects on individuals, based upon the differing experiences that individual seem to undergo based upon their birth order within the family unit. One of the interesting things about birth order, is the fact that there are a great deal of differing variables that make its usefulness as a construct differ considerably from situation to situation, however the observable effects on individuals based upon the birth order seem to indicate that birth order is a very viable construct that can be utilized in the field of psychology, sociology, behavioral sciences, life sciences, etc.

One of the things that seems to support birth order as a useful and viable construct, is the fact that in many instances the oldest child or the first child is usually given a great deal more duties and or responsibilities than his or her other siblings. This is prevalent in the vast majority of households around the world, and what is interesting about this concept is the fact that as this child grows older along with their siblings, this child seems to be given an ...