No evidence that middleborns feel less close to family and closer to friends than other birth orders

Simanko, Veronika, Rimmer, Ben and Pollet, Thomas (2020) No evidence that middleborns feel less close to family and closer to friends than other birth orders. Heliyon, 6 (5). e03825. ISSN 2405-8440

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.heliyon.2020.e03825

Abstract

Middleborns have been argued to be the neglected birth order. The present study aimed to test whether the emotional closeness to parents, siblings or friends differed between middleborns and otherborns, across two different datasets. Using a between family design this study accounted for gender, nationality, educational attainment, age and sibship size via matching. We found no evidence to suggest that middleborns differ from otherborns in familial sentiment. The sign of closeness to friends was in the opposite direction than predicted, with middleborns being less close than other birth orders. The findings are discussed with reference to current literature on birth order and familial sentiment.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Psychology, Family, Friendship, Born to Rebel, Birth order
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2021 12:45
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2021 13:00
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/46366

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