Birth Order May Affect Your Marriage

Parents with multiple children are often portrayed on TV as treating them differently based on the order in which they were born. For example, a common trope is that the youngest child of the family is treated less severely than the others because they are the “baby.” Another common portrayal is the oldest child has to be the responsible one and take care of the younger ones.  Is it also possible birth order can affect adults later in life, and marriages as well? Research indicates different birth orders may impact marriage in both positive and negative ways, and could also influence the likelihood of divorce. First Born Child A study found successful marriages often occur when first born children marry someone who was born last in their family. The study indicated the reason for this could be the old cliche of “opposites attract” at work. Elder children may be more outgoing and help a spouse who was the youngest child with organization. The…

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