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Title:Birth Order, Family Constellation, and College Music Performers
Author(s):Trimble, Tod M.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Colwell, Richard J.
Department / Program:Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Education, Music
Psychology, Personality
Abstract:Musicians comprising the top choir and orchestra at five selected schools of music, the top choir from a sixth selected school, and the top orchestra from a seventh selected school served as subjects. Forms were completed during a regularly-scheduled rehearsal on which each self-reported his or her own family constellations (birth order, spacing, and sex of siblings) and his or her parents' family constellations where known. 492 subjects provided data on 1011 siblings, for 1503 offspring in the subjects' immediate families. The subjects provided data for the families of 924 parents, whose families contained 3067 offspring. For the total sample and for choirs and for orchestras chi-square and z analyses were conducted for positions as divided into first-, middle-, and last-borns. Tests were conducted examining the sex of all siblings and of closest siblings and of siblings whose births occurred within specified numbers of years of the subjects' births.
Results. Family constellation effects are present in both the ensemblists' families and families of their mothers. Though college students, first-borns are not over-represented. Where significant, middle-borns are under-represented and last-borns are over-represented. First-born mothers are over-represented. These tendencies are not present among orchestra members or men when taken as groups. Choir women tend to have sisters one to two years older and brothers five to six years older. Orchestra women tend to have older brothers and younger sisters.
Issue Date:1988
Description:152 p.
Thesis (D.M.A.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1988.
Other Identifier(s):(UMI)AAI8908869
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-12-16
Date Deposited:1988

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