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Eldest Children Really Are Higher Achievers, New Research Confirms

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Posted on Apr 30, 2014

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If you’re the first born in your family, you’re going to want to send your younger siblings this article. Especially if you’re a woman.

The Guardian:

Now such anecdotal evidence of firstborn high achievement has been borne out by research. A groundbreaking study, by Feifei Bu at the Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex, appears to show that, if you are the eldest child and female, you are statistically more likely to be the most ambitious and well-qualified of all your family.

Next in line for success come firstborn boys—all 12 men to have walked on the moon were either eldest or only children.

The study also found that parents could strive to have children more likely to become high achievers by leaving a gap of at least four years between each child; the wider the gap, the greater the chances of higher qualifications.

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—Posted by Natasha Hakimi Zapata

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