The Relationship Between Birth Order and Attitudes Toward a Future Family

Cale Carr Huntington University, Morgan Fox Huntington University, Karah Meier Huntington University
Faculty Sponsor(s): Rebekah Benjamin Huntington University
Birth order research is conflicting at best, but many researchers have found distinct differences in the way oldest, youngest, and middle children interact with their families. For example, in a study of adults in the Netherlands, researchers found that oldest children were 1.79 times more likely than middle children or youngest children to report a sibling relationship as “very good” (Pollett & Nettle, 2009). In another study the middle children were found to be the most likely children to turn to their family in times of need (Van Volkom & Beaudoin, 2016). The current study will seek to find correlations between birth order and desires for and opinions of a future family. Our hypotheses are as follows: (1) oldest children will be more likely than youngest or middle children to view having a family as “necessary;”(2) older children will be more likely to desire more children; (3) middle children will have a more positive attitude towards their future family than oldest or youngest children. The sample includes undergraduate students from Utah Valley University and Huntington University. We will measure attitudes of future family by using the Desire to have Children Scale (Rholes et al., 1997; see Appendix).

Psychology
Oral Presentation

When & Where

11:00 AM
Pharmacy & Health Sciences 156