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ERIC Number: ED349078
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Children's Birth Order as a Mediator in Responses by Mothers and Siblings.
A study explored the extent to which a child's birth order is associated with differential treatment by others. Twenty pairs of siblings between 4 and 9 years of age were observed interacting in a laboratory setting. All were white, middle-class children whose mothers had at least some college education. The children played with and without their mothers present for a total of about 30 minutes. Videotapes of the sessions were coded using one of 21 different behavioral categories during each 10-second interval. In addition, responses of the other family members to the focal child were coded. A series of conditional probability analyses were performed in an effort to determine the extent to which the behavior of mothers and siblings varied in response to the behavior of the focal child. Significant changes in responses by siblings and mothers to children's behavior were associated with differences in the child's birth order and gender. Oldest boys and oldest girls are treated differently from other children. (AC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Child Behavior
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (Seattle, WA, April 18-20, 1991).