In Brief: Jun. 11, 2001

PROTECTIONISM Parents of only children tend to push them toward brainy pursuits and away from risky physical activity, concludes a study conducted at Ohio State and published in the Journal of Career Assessment. That helps explain why onlies--and to a lesser extent, firstborns--often wind up on the lawyer or doctor track while later-born kids find it easier to bloom as poets or park rangers.

TAG-TEAM RETIREMENT Marriages typically undergo a bumpy transition into retirement, according to a Cornell University study, particularly when one spouse quits working before the other. Conflict was highest when husbands retired first, propelling couples into nontraditional roles....

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