publication . Article . Other literature type . 1998

Associations between Birth Order and Personality Traits: Evidence from Self-Reports and Observer Ratings

Jefferson, Tyrone; Herbst, Jeffrey H.; McCrae, Robert R.;
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  • Published: 01 Dec 1998 Journal: Journal of Research in Personality, volume 32, pages 498-509 (issn: 0092-6566, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Elsevier BV
Abstract Sulloway (1996) proposed that personality traits developed in childhood mediate the association of birth order with scientific radicalism. Birth-order effects on traits within the five-factor model of personality were examined in three studies. Self-reports on brief measures of Neuroticism, Extraversion, and Openness in a national sample ( N = 9664) were unrelated to birth order. Self-reports on the 30 facet scales of the Revised NEO Personality Inventory (NEO-PI-R) in an adult sample ( N = 612) showed only small effects for Altruism and Tender-Mindedness. Peer ratings ( N = 166) supported the hypotheses that laterborn children would be higher in facets...
free text keywords: General Psychology, Social Psychology
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