ERIC Number: ED333490
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Birth Order and Listening: A Preliminary Investigation.
Prather, J. Mark; Bostrom, Robert N.
Listening skills are important in social situations and in the classroom. A study investigated the relationship of birth order and listening. The Kentucky Comprehensive Listening Test was given to 189 undergraduates enrolled in lower division communication courses. Results showed that first-borns in two-sibling families ranked higher than last-borns in short term listening regardless of gender. This was not true, however, for three and four sibling families. In addition, gender played a significant role in the interpretation of communications in the two-sibling families. Results suggest that a spurious variable, which this study failed to isolate, must be responsible for the fact that these findings failed to reproduce themselves in families with more siblings. Walter Toman suggests that the sex of the siblings, spacing of the siblings, and possible sibling losses are important variables to consider. It is possible that sex, sibling size and ordinal position can interact to explain variance in listening behavior, but greater experimental controls must be exerted in future research. (Two tables of data are attached; 64 references are included.) (PRA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Communication Behavior; Communication Styles; Kentucky Comprehensive Listening Test
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern States Communication Association (Tampa, FL, April 3-7, 1991).