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Birth Order


									                   Birth Order
• The Oldest Child

• The Middle Child

• The Youngest Child

• The Only Child
               The Oldest Child
•   Feels pressure to fulfill parental expectations
•   High Achievers
•   Feels overly responsible
•   Follows the rules
•   Defends the status quo
•   Examples: Rush Limbaugh, Hillary Clinton
•   Cultural Factors: The oldest male expected to
    take over the family business.
             The Middle Child
• Confused about their identity since they follow
  the oldest
• Sensitive to being left out or slighted
• Seek other ways to be unique
• Becomes the rebel
• Examples: Howard Stern, Madonna, Malcolm X,
  comedians e.g. Jay Leno, David Letterman
• Take up left wing, liberal causes e.g. Martin
  Luther King, Yasir Arafat, Oprah Winfrey etc.
            The Youngest Child
• Easy going and carefree
• Clown or show-off in the family
• Play the victim role and depend on their charm
  and manipulation to get their way
• Girls: spontaneous, cheerful, bratty, trouble
  making decisions, wants it all.
• Boys: daring, headstrong, rebellious, compared
  unfavorably to older brothers and becomes a
  comedian to cope e.g. Eddie Murphy, Billy Crystal,
  Bob Hope, Ronald Reagan
               The Only Child
• They have the parents undivided attention
• Self-assured, secure, self-reliant
• Not confident getting along with peers since they
  have no siblings.
• Take on the qualities of the over-achieving oldest
  and the pampered youngest.
• Highly developed verbal skills and act like
  miniature adults
• Examples: Ted Koppel, Brooke Shields, Frank
  Sinatra, Nancy Reagan
      Birth Order Considerations
• Five years or more between age of siblings
  invalidates the correlations
• If parent believes girls shouldn’t be achieving
  than an older girl may not fulfill the achieving
  oldest birth order quality.
• Highly successful business women were either
  the oldest, only, or had no brothers according
  to a study of business women in the U.S.

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