Date Approved

5-10-2006

Embargo Period

4-5-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School Psychology

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Dihoff, Roberta

Subject(s)

Birth order; Personality assessment of children

Disciplines

Educational Psychology

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to explore whether or not birth order had any influence on personality traits. Based on the theories of Alfred Adler, that position in the family effects our perceptions and roles within the family, we surveyed seventy-two undergraduate students at Rowan University using two questionnaires. The first questionnaire was the Campbell-White PBOI which looks at the relationship between birth order and psychological birth order. The results of the questionnaire, using Pearson Chi Square, showed no significance between birth order and psychological birth order. The second questionnaire looked at birth order and the five personality traits of Extraversion, Agreeableness, Conscientiousness, Emotional Stability and Intellect. Although there were some interesting trends that emerged, the overall findings did not support any link between birth order position and specific traits that have been ascribed to those positions.

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