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Birth Order Revisited: Attitudes Toward Morality

R. Urbatsch

in Families’ Values

Published in print September 2014 | ISBN: 9780199373604
Published online September 2014 | e-ISBN: 9780199373628 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199373604.003.0004
Birth Order Revisited: Attitudes Toward Morality

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Alongside the messages they send about politics as such, elder siblings also exert other influences that can indirectly shape their younger siblings’ political attitudes. One of the more established effects of having older siblings is that it tends to lead to earlier and wider-ranging sexual experimentation. The younger siblings are then likely to be more acceptant of sexual activities that firstborn children dislike. They may also accept policies and social mores that are relatively permissive toward sexual activity. Indeed, younger siblings are decidedly more tolerant of premarital sex and to a lesser degree more acceptant of abortion and homosexuality.

Keywords: firstborn; siblings; premarital sex; abortion; homosexuality

Chapter.  7874 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: US Politics

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