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Mixed feelings about the new birth-order study

siblingsI'll admit it: I've always been fascinated by birth-order studies. As the middle of three close-in-age sisters, I have plenty of material to support virtually any claim. And always, I have my favorite theories.

So the newest entry into the birth-order research oeuvre had me at "independent" - one of my fave recurring characteristics of middle children. Independent: that's me!

Trouble is, the new study by a grad student at Adelphi University - who presented her study at the American Psychological Association's convention this week - finds that eldest children usually have the highest IQs ... and youngest children usually get the best grades (because they work harder).


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