Research Shows Second-Born Children Are More Rebellious Than Their Siblings

Brunilde Fioravanti
Luglio 17, 2017

We know that first-born children are smarter than their siblings (well, at least according to this study), but now first-borns have one more thing to lord over their younger siblings' heads.

Ladies, gentlemen and them, we are talking about second children here. Doyle and his colleagues found that second-borns (usually boys) are more prone to have a rebellious side compared to their older siblings. It showed that second-born children are 25 to 40 percent more likely to have a run in with the law or get in trouble at school.

Research out of the USA claims second-born children are more likely to misbehave, sometimes with severe consequences.

Doyle examined data of thousands of brothers from Florida and Denmark, but came to similar conclusions when it came to crime and delinquency among second-born children.

While researchers have previously suggested that first-born children have higher IQs, perform better in school and earn more money, this new report is among the first major studies to make a compelling case that second-born children are more at risk to become troublemakers.

First-born children often get undivided attention from their parents, while their younger siblings have to share. And the second, later-born children have role models who are slightly irrational 2-year-olds, you know, their older siblings. "Both the parental investments are different, and the sibling influences probably contribute to these differences we see in the labor market and what we find in delinquency".

Do you agree with these findings?

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