Monday, 15 October 2007

Birth order: does it matter?

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Does the birth order of children matter in their future success? That question has been the subject of many books and psychological experiments for a long time, although it's just one variable that affects the turnout of that child you know and love.

One thing that continues to strike me with so many recent studies is the lack of variables that are considered when conclusions are put forth. This summer, yet another 'birth order' study was released that concluded first borns have a higher IQ than their younger siblings.

Without knowing the specifics of the study, it's hard to draw conclusions on its validity. Are the differences found in studies like these really significant? Some differences really are not, although scientists like to take any data and make proclamations. As always, read and decide for yourself.

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