Comparative Study

| Published: September 25, 2016

Birth Order Significantly Affects the Mental Health Emotionally As Well As Psychologically

Rupali Chandola

Ph.D Scholar, Department of Psychology, Kumaun University S.S.J.Campus, Almora, Uttrakhand, India Google Scholar More about the auther

, S. C. Tiwari

Professor and Head, Department of Geriatric Mental Health, King George’s Medical University, U.P. Lucknow, India Google Scholar More about the auther

DIP: 18.01.184/20160304

DOI: 10.25215/0304.184


Background: Birth order, defined as an individual’s rank by age among siblings. Most of the fascination has focused on the possible role of birth order in shaping personality and behavior. Components of family structure during formative years that reflect emotional and psychological status, coping and relating styles of mature individuals. The researcher attempted to determine whether an individual’s place in the family, known as “birth order”, affected that person’s emotional maturity and mental health. Methods: Study conducted on 40 participants of either sex 20 was psychiatrically ill and another 20 normal control. They were held from Pt. Deendayal Upadhyay joint hospital, district Moradabad, U. P, India. GHQ-12 negative participants from the community formed the normal group age ranging between young adulthood (20-30) years. Emotional maturity scale was administered on all the participants included in this study. Demographic data included gender, domicile, religion; education and list of the participant’s siblings i.e. birth order of the participants. Result: Analysis of the data indicated ‘oldest’ born psychiatric patients extremely unstable on the level of emotionality rather than other group. Conclusion: The place of the individual within the family, the first social structure encountered, has been suggested as a contributing factor in shaping human personalities as well as emotional development.

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Published in   Volume 03, Issue 4, July-September, 2016