Alekseeva O.S. Birth order and siblings’ cognitive development

Full text in Russian: Алексеева О.С. Порядок рождения и когнитивное развитие сиблингов
Psychological Institute, Russian Academy of Education, Moscow, Russia

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The article presents results, obtained in the research of links between birth order and sibling’s cognitive development in two-child families. The research included two stages. On the first stage sample entered 113 teenagers (average age was 14,9). On the second stage 70 full families with two children have been studied. Average age of older siblings was 17,7 years, younger – 14,5 years. It was revealed that cognitive traits of younger sibling depend on birth space and style of child-parental relations whereas on intelligence of the senior child the given variables do not render special influence.

Keywords: birth order, cognitive traits, siblings, birth space, child-parental relationship


The study was supported by the Russian Foundation for Humanities, project 06-06-00227а.


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Alekseeva Olga S. M.Sci., Psychological Institute, Russian Academy of Education, ul. Mokhovaya, 9, str. 4, 125009 Moscow, Russia.
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Alekseeva, O. S. (2008). Birth order and siblings’ cognitive development. Psikhologicheskie Issledovaniya, 2(2). Retrieved from [in Russian, abstr. in English].

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Alekseeva O.S. Birth order and siblings’ cognitive development [Electronic resource] // Psikhologicheskie Issledovaniya. 2008. N 2(2). URL: (date of access: [in Russian, abstr. in English]

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