Honors Program Theses


Open Access Honors Program Thesis

First Advisor

Benjamin Crew


Most of the research conducted on birth order placement has dealt with characteristics such as ambition, responsibility, leadership, athleticism, and so on. I focused my research on the effect of birth order placement on a tendency toward committing general deviant acts. I reviewed and analyzed previous research regarding this topic conducted by researchers and social scientists. I then conducted my own research study by administering a general deviance questionnaire to forty University of Northern Iowa students. After analyzing the survey results using the data analysis program, SPSS, I found that my hypothesis of firstborn individuals committing less general deviant acts than middle-born individuals was not confirmed. The findings did not show that birth order placement, nor number of siblings, were significantly correlated with committing general deviant acts. According to my research, participants' age was the only variable that showed a significant correlation to committing general deviance.

Year of Submission



Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology

University Honors Designation

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors


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