Second-born children are more likely to be troublemakers than their siblings

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Luglio 17, 2017

If you are in a family of two or more siblings, you probably know how it goes.

If you find your second child is a bigger handful than your first, it's because they are.

According to the study, Birth Order and Delinquency: Evidence from Denmark and Florida, families with two or more children, second-born boys are 20 to 40 percent more likely to be disciplined in school and enter the criminal justice system compared to first-born boys even when compared to other siblings.

How would you feel if, after giving birth to your second child, the doctor handed him to you and said, "Congratulations, but watch out with this one because he's more likely than your firstborn to be a troublemaker"? The study found that the gaps in delinquency are smaller, when the team behind the study investigated the effect of being a second-born female child.

A family's second born male child is more likely to run afoul of the law, according to a recent study involving researchers at the MIT, Northwestern University, University of Florida, and the Aarhus University in Denmark.

According to NPR, the rebellious phase could be because the parenting style changed after the first-born. Then a second rugrat comes along, he gets half (in theory) the attention of his older sibling, catches the "look at me" syndrome and acts out. "And the second, later-born children have role models who are slightly irrational 2-year-olds, you know, their older siblings", explains Doyle. "It's just very hard to separate those two things because they happen at the same time".

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