THE ELDEST CHILD by Edith G. Neisser


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A discussion of primogeniture- not necessarily a privilege-deals with the conflicts which may come up and points up the satisfactions which can go along with seniority. The literally preconceived attitudes, as well as old myths and customs, which surround the first born; his first ""king for a day"" phase- without siblings, and the advantages and disadvantages of more intense adult attention; the arrival of the second child, and the areas of competition and tension which arise- according to the varying intervals which separate the firstborn and his successors; the delegation of responsibility and sometimes its burden; and finally special situations (adoption, death) which may affect the eldest child. Edith Neisser who wrote Brothers and Sisters in 1951 offers applicable guidance and there is a considerable bibliography and reading list to extend it further.

Publisher: Harper