Focus Response 5
Claim 40 Question 4: Do genetic factors override the effect of birth order on personality?
Given the different factors of birth order and the extent of personality that is being passed on, I think genetic factors though important can play more of a role than birth order. My main source of this conclusion is my family. I have a large family and an even larger extended family in which genetic factors greatly override birth order and disprove typical traits of birth order. Three cousins of mine are all brothers, and are 2 years apart being 15, 17, and 19. All have been raised in the same environment, with the same parents and same opportunity. The oldest is shy and hardly talks to people he doesn’t know and is not the typical outspoken leader of a first born child. The middle is more outgoing, more of a leader, and is the smartest of all by far. The youngest is the most outspoken, however humble and never spoiled unlike a typical baby in the family. Both parents aren’t scholars but both are outgoing so therefore I believe genetics were passed on but not necessarily in the “typical birth order”.
Claim 40 Question 5: What did Kristensen and Bjerkedal mean when they said that birth order effects might be an artifact?
The way they used to conduct experiments is an artifact because it is out dated. They recently have figured out that it is much more effective to study birth order in the environment of their actual family or their actual siblings. They had originally split up the siblings and grouped them together by birth order (all first born together and so on). This eliminates the factor of having siblings together and eliminates them to be observed together.
Claim 42 Question 2: One of the studies discussed randomly assigning children to programs and the other assigning schools to programs. What factors might affect the outcome of the two studies?
Reading both of these studies, it would seem best to me to incorporate...