What are the five psychological aspects which make people from small families (1

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  1. gmwilliams profile image81
    gmwilliamsposted 4 years ago

    What are the five psychological aspects which make people from small families (1-2 children per

    family)very attuned to the higher human needs as opposed to people from large families(6-more children per family) who are more likely to be very attuned to the more basic, rudimentary human needs?


  2. Deliberate Writer profile image61
    Deliberate Writerposted 4 years ago

    Hmmmmmm.... I'm not a psychologist, but I am the oldest of six children. The youngest was born when I was fourteen. Here are some things I've realized after watching videos/reading journals of our family life.

    1. Focused Parental Attention: In families with one or two kids, the children are able to have more parental attention. Parents often will convey knowledge to their children. The more children a family has, the more the parents must split their attention.

    2. Financial Strain: Having more than a couple children could put a financial strain on the family. This would cause stress for the parents, which the children would pick up on. The children would naturally begin to focus more on basic needs (where do we get our food?) than someone from a family without that strain.

    3. Jealousy: This might go along with the first point. Children who are vying for their parent's attention may harbor jealousy toward a child who seems to get it more (due to a quality that sibling has).

    4. Lack of Understanding/Generalization: As I said, my youngest sibling was born when I was 14 years old. My parents seemed to focus on us as "a group" and not as individuals. If you split my age with my infant brother's at the time, our "group's" age was 7. I can understand how this was an efficient way for them to communicate to all of us, but it felt as if I were always being "talked down" to, instead of talked to.

    5. Babysitting Syndrome: Older children generally take care of their younger siblings. The older siblings learn to nurture and that could correspond to other areas of life as well.

    1. gmwilliams profile image81
      gmwilliamsposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, parents of large families value the group consensus over the individual.There's MORE financial stress in large families than there is in small families.There's VERY LITTLE money for necessities. Children tend to be IMPOVERISHED or worse.

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    retief2000posted 4 years ago

    I disagree with the fundamental assumptions which underpin your question. Why would one assume that a child whose entire childhood experience is as the center of all adult attention in a household is more other centered than a child who, out of necessity and example, lives for and with many other foci of attention?

    1. gmwilliams profile image81
      gmwilliamsposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Children from large families have a poverty mentality.They live at the survival level only they aren't attuned to cultural things & the better things of life.They are rough-hewn & hardscrabbled.They are only concerned w/living at the LOWEST l

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      retief2000posted 4 years agoin reply to this

      You bigotry is showing. Some is a word that should creep into your vocabulary. The implications of your assertions is not born out by the general condition of American society.  A society that is composed of small families and disappearing culture.

    3. gmwilliams profile image81
      gmwilliamsposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      It isn't some but MOST.Show me a large/very large family & there's IMPOVERISHMENT,wearing castoffs,inferior food,no cultural accrouements,no parental attention, RAISING oneself/others, FENDING for oneself, going HUNGRY.YOU GET THE PICTURE!

  4. gmwilliams profile image81
    gmwilliamsposted 4 years ago


    The average child in a large/very large families are in the lowest socioeconomic ranks. They're either poor or impoverished. Oftentimes there's very little monies for the necessities, if that. Children from large/very large families must DO WITHOUT,even the basic things.It's usual for children from large/very large families to be malnourished or undernourished as there's little food in their household.Since parents of large/very families didn't have the foresight to practice family planning, the family environment is that of socioeconomic struggle & the main inculcation of these children is basic survival, nothing more.   

    Socioeconomic struggle is constant in large/very large families. Children are taught that it's acceptable to be poor for poverty is viewed as noble.They're further taught to see life beyond struggle as greedy, self-indulgent, & unnecessary.They view poverty & struggle as normal lifestyles.They view the higher human needs such as culture, beauty, & the need for self-actualization to be inherently wrong. 

    Many large/very large families see things beyond the necessities as pointless. The average parent of large/very large families find it pointless to expose their children to the higher & better things of life such as dancing/music classes, theatre, foreign travel, & other educational/cultural activites that parents from small families routinely expose their children to. The average child from  large/very large families have rough-scrabbled activities.The only time many children from large families are exposed to the arts & other cultural activities are on school-sponsored trips. Otherwise, they are totally devoid of such enrichening activities. 

    Children from large/very large families often have to endure inferior quality of clothing, medical/health care, & food.  Sadly, a lot of children from large families are below poverty socioeconomically & MUST depend upon assistance to keep them somewhat afloat.As a result of their parents' ekeing out a living, they're more attuned to the lower, more basic human needs of survival & living from day to day.To the average child in a large family, socioeconomic survival is a constant uphill battle that has to fight daily.They're lucky if they have enough food & clothing for the moment. It is de rigueur that they work, oftentimes from middle childhood to obtain the extras that other children normally have & to assist their parents socioeconomically. Making do & pure survival are the keywords of the large family.


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