How Birth Order Affects Personality

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This study was compelling as it was one of the first to compare birth rank stereotypes with reality. However, as the authors noted, do these stereotypes "induce differences in parents ' expectations?" (Herrera 150) Thus, the stereotype becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. To examine the premise, I would like to design a research experiment that addresses how birth order affects personality in families that do not adhere to the beliefs in stereotypes for their children. To accomplish this study, I would employ both quantitative and qualitative methods to assess a family’s beliefs and practices. The first step would be to develop a broad based questionnaire addressing beliefs in birth order and personality traits (i.e. do the participants believe in these stereotypes?) This questionnaire would include a 1-5 scale, 5 being the strongest determinant of personality traits and their correlation to birth order and 1 being the weakest. These questionnaires could be distributed at locations where more non-conformist thinking may occur, such as student and parents at alternative elementary, middle, and high schools, University of California at Berkley, and organic food co-ops. I would compile the data, and chose the 50 families with the strongest quantitative data that supports untraditional views of birth order and personality traits. The next step would be to construct and administer a survey for every member of the family that assesses the three most documented personality
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