Birth order in cross-cultural perspective

Developmental Psychology Vol/Iss. 10(1) American Psychological Association Washington, D.C. Published In Pages: 48-54
By Rosenblatt, Paul C., Skoogberg, Elizabeth L.


This study examines the consequences of birth order; results suggest that the firstborn child is more likely to have social authority as they grow older (they have siblings’ respect, they control property or head kin groups, etc.). The authors suggest that this authority may be legitimated by extra attention firstborns receive though elaborate birth ceremonies and teknonymy.


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