Author(s)

Sambul Zaidi

Date Approved

10-4-2011

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. School Psychology-Professional School Psychology

Department

Psychology

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Dihoff, Roberta

Second Advisor

Klanderman, John

Subject(s)

Birth order;Depression, Mental

Disciplines

Child Psychology | Student Counseling and Personnel Services

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to find the relationship between birth order and depression. It hypothesized that first-borns are more susceptible to depression than laterborns. Subjects were male and female undergraduate students from Rowan University. These students were over the age of 18 and were kept anonymous. The study collected data from fifteen participants by using a Birth Order survey which included questions about personality traits that pertain to a certain birth order position. Each subject was asked to indicate the exact birth order rank and if they have experienced depression or signs of depression. Results showed that differences were not significant due to the small sample size. Not enough subjects were depressed as well. Interestingly, the two subjects who were depressed were not first-borns, yet middle and last-born.

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