First-born children have better thinking skills, study says

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    They may be jokingly referred to as PFBs – precious first borns – on popular parenting websites, but a study says first-born children really do reap the benefits of being number one.

    Research by the University of Edinburgh has found that first-born children have superior thinking skills to their younger siblings because they get more mental stimulation from their parents.

    While the study found that parents give all their children the same levels of emotional support, the first-born generally received more help with tasks that develop thinking skills.

    Economists at the University of Edinburgh, Analysis Group and the University of Sydney examined survey data collected by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics and found that first-borns scored higher than siblings in IQ tests as early as age one.

    The study, published in the Journal of Human Resources, observed nearly 5,000 children from pre-birth to age 14, with children assessed every two years.

    Researchers said the findings went some to way explaining the so-called birth order effect – which means children born earlier in a family have better wages and higher levels of education later in life.
    First-born children scored higher on tests including reading, matching letters, names, reading single words aloud and picture vocabulary tests.

    Researchers also gathered information on environmental factors such as family background and economic conditions.

    The study found parents changed their behaviour as they had more children, giving less mental stimulation and taking part in fewer activities like reading with the child, crafts and playing musical instruments. Mothers also took part in more risky behaviours such as smoking during pregnancy with subsequent children.

    Dr Ana Nuevo-Chiquero, of Edinburgh University’s school of economics, said: “Our results suggest that broad shifts in parental behaviour are a plausible explanation for the observed birth order differences in education and labour market outcomes.”

    The research suggests the advantages start early – with children showing increased ability from just after birth to three years of age. The differences increased slightly with age, and were revealed in test scores that measured verbal, reading, maths and comprehension skills.

    First-borns do have some disadvantages, however. A study published in 2015 suggested that they were up to 20% more likely to develop short-sightedness than their younger siblings.
     
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    I came across a similar article/study when I was taking my IELTS(International English Language Testing System). It talked about from the First till the forth or fifth child. Personally, I do think there is some truth to it. In my family were my Sis is the first he is super intelligent ever since she was a kid. I on the other hand I would say excel more in the creative aspect, as the third child.
     
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    "Birth Order" stuff is interesting. My family is ideal for it.. One boy, then another boy two years after that, and another boy three years(to the day)after that. And we fit the profiles of it very well, with a few exceptions.
     
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    Lol, great thread, great timing. The other day, my mother---unsolicited, I might add---said I was the "best one" of her children. Being the oldest, I KNEW it, but it's good to hear after a lifetime (ha!). Unlike Lancer's family, I'm also the most creative one, my younger siblings are very conventional and mundane; but I'm much older than them, so that might have something to do with it as I was basically an only child until grammar school. Sadly, like the movie "Idiocracy," the smart one in the family didn't have kids and the other ones engaged in the usual ghetto fecundity....
     
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    Unfortunately 'birth order' has been shown by numerous studies to be bull. But it is fun though. And you do have the same annoying tendencies of a first born that my oldest brother has(and we fought constantly!)
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    And everyone knows that the most precious child is the youngest-the baby of the family!!! You were just the best behaved and maybe the most accomplished...but the baby is the favorite! lol.

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    That's why you and I converse so well! Lol Seems like all my best friends were the younger ones so I actually think birth order is a psychologically valid concept, maybe not in terms of inherent genetic characteristics, but definitely learned behaviors. It's also why I started watching Everybody Loves Raymond. I sooooooooooooooo identified with the Robert character.
     
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