The Role of Birth Order in Personality: An Enduring Intellectual Legacy of Alfred Adler
The authors contend that two of the most important contributions of Alfred Adler to the behavioral sciences were the projective use of early recollections and the role of birth order as they both affect one's personality. One purpose of this article is to provide an overview of several developmental issues that arise within the broader context of a family systems approach and its implications on various individuals. Another purpose is to present an empirical case for statistically significant studies showing birth order differences. The article is divided into the following topics: an introduction and overview of background issues, birth order research and research issues, recommendations for future research, and clinical implications for behavioral scientists.
Journal of Individual Psychology
Eckstein, D., & Kaufman, J. A. (2012). The role of birth order in personality: An enduring intellectual legacy of Alfred Adler. Journal of Individual Psychology, 68(1), 60-74.
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Copyright © 2012 The University of Texas Press. Article published by The University of Texas Press in Journal of Individual Psychology, volume 68, issue number 1, Spring 2012, pages 60-74. Publisher URL: http://utpress.utexas.edu/index.php/journals/journal-of-individual-psychology