Date of Award

8-31-1999

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS)

Department

Liberal Studies

First Reader

Susan Walzer

Second Reader

Gary McLouth

Abstract

All of the research contained in this thesis is a collection of different methodologies and theoretical approaches on the subject of birth order and sibling relationships. Perspectives on the influence of the framework of family on personality development have been summarized, with an emphasis on empirical data related to communication patterns of siblings to each other. This paper is not so much an exploration into birth order as it is about the interactions of siblings in relation to family dynamics.

The first part of this paper probes into the consequences of birth order on individuality, in the context of the family environment. The second part of this paper investigates a variety of factors such as gender, parental influence and family dynamics, and how they interact to determine personality characteristics.

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