ERIC Number: EJ894587
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
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The Implications of Family Size and Birth Order for Test Scores and Behavioral Development
Silles, Mary A.
Economics of Education Review, v29 n5 p795-803 Oct 2010
This article, using longitudinal data from the National Child Development Study, presents new evidence on the effects of family size and birth order on test scores and behavioral development at age 7, 11 and 16. Sibling size is shown to have an adverse causal effect on test scores and behavioral development. For any given family size, first-borns ultimately obtain higher test scores than middle-born or last-born children. First-borns and last-borns tend to be better behaved at school than middle-borns, though last-borns have no test score advantage.
Descriptors: Family Size, Birth Order, Scores, Child Development, Longitudinal Studies, Children, Adolescents, Student Behavior, Academic Achievement, Economics, Correlation, Behavior Development
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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