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Q: Distribution of birth order ( No Answer,   2 Comments )
Subject: Distribution of birth order
Category: Family and Home > Parenting
Asked by: mharoks-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 24 Feb 2005 21:51 PST
Expires: 26 Mar 2005 21:51 PST
Question ID: 480525
What does the distribution of birth order look like? That is, of the
people in either the U.S., Western countries, or the world, what
percentage are only children, what percentage are firstborn, what
percentage are 2nd-born, etc.? A bonus will be given for specific
information discussing how this has changed over time.
There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: Distribution of birth order
From: am777-ga on 25 Feb 2005 01:44 PST
perhaps this will be a good start for your inquiry??
Subject: Re: Distribution of birth order
From: pinkfreud-ga on 25 Feb 2005 12:23 PST
This may be of interest to you:

"The proportion of firstborns in the population -- and therefore the
decision about whether the proportion in a given sample is higher or
lower than expected -- varies over time, due to changes in average
family size. In U.S. and Canadian populations, the proportion of
firstborns was 27% in 1960, 39% in 1970, and 44% in 1984 (Somit et
al., 1996)."

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