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Measure: Sibship/Birth Order   #060800

Definition: Questions about the respondent's full siblings, those with whom the respondent shares both a birth mother and father, and the birth order of all siblings.

Purpose: Sibship and birth order have social, biological, and environmental effects on a person's health and well being. Comparisons of the number of siblings, spacing between siblings, and order of birth are made in many surveys and epidemiological studies. These characteristics have been linked to educational attainment, behavior, immunology, environmental exposures, and childhood diseases.


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Keywords: Siblings, brothers, sisters, twins, birth order, siblings, number of siblings, spacing between siblings, immunology, behavior, educational attainment, fraternal twins, identical twins, Environmental Exposures

Measure Release Date: October 30, 2009

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