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For example, wealthier, better-educated parents typically have fewer children.If astronauts are more likely to have well-educated, comfortable parents, then they are also more likely to come from a smaller family and thus are more likely to be a firstborn.In 2009 my colleagues and I published evidence that birth order influences whom we choose as friends and spouses.Firstborns are more likely to associate with firstborns, middle-borns with middle-borns, last-borns with last-borns, and only children with only children.A child from a two-kid family has a 50 percent chance of being a firstborn, whereas a child from a five-kid family has only a 20 percent chance of being a firstborn.So the fact that astronauts are disproportionately firstborns, for example, could merely show that they come from smaller families—not that firstborns have any particularly astronautic qualities.
The relationship study shows that oldest, middle, youngest and only children differ in some way yet gives no indication as to how.
New Evidence Even so, the case in 2003 against birth-order effects was mainly an absence of good evidence, rather than evidence of an absence.
In fact, the past few years have provided good news for the theory.
Because we were able to show the effect independent of family size, the finding is unlikely to be an artifact of class or ethnicity.
The result is exactly what we should expect if birth order affects personality.
In 1983 psychiatrists Cecile Ernst and Jules Angst of the University of Zurich determined, after a thorough review of the literature, that birth-order effects were not supported by the evidence.