Revisiting the Birth Order - Creativity Connection: The Role of Sibling Constellation

Creativity Research Journal, Vol. 17, pp. 67-77, 2005

11 Pages Posted: 4 Apr 2011

See all articles by Andrea B. Hollingshead

Andrea B. Hollingshead

USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism; University of Southern California - Marshall School of Business

Gwen Costa Jacobsohn

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Markus Baer

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Greg R. Oldham

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Date Written: 2005

Abstract

This study examined the possibility that sibling demographic differences (i.e., age and sex differences between the focal individual and his or her siblings) and sibsize (i.e., number of children in the focal individual’s family) moderate the relation between an individual’s birth order and his or her creativity. A total of 359 undergraduates described their family background and then were assigned to small teams to work on 8 problem-solving tasks. Each individual’s contributions to the tasks were evaluated for creativity by his or her teammates. Results showed that firstborns with large sibling groups were more creative when they had relatively more siblings close in age or of the opposite sex. We discuss the implications of the results for future research on birth order and creativity.

JEL Classification: D70

Suggested Citation

Hollingshead, Andrea B. and Jacobsohn, Gwen Costa and Baer, Markus and Oldham, Greg R., Revisiting the Birth Order - Creativity Connection: The Role of Sibling Constellation (2005). Creativity Research Journal, Vol. 17, pp. 67-77, 2005, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1801544

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University of Southern California - Marshall School of Business

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Gwen Costa Jacobsohn

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ( email )

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Markus Baer

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Greg R. Oldham

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ( email )

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Champaign, IL 61820
United States

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