This is not good news for me. I am second born – let’s read on to see how much trouble I’m in. A recent study shows evidence that second-born children are more likely to end up being trouble makers. Second born children are more prone to trouble at school or to have issues with law enforcement later in life. As a second born child myself, I can’t say that I have any experience with getting in trouble with the law, but getting in trouble in school, I can certainly vouch for.
The research was conducted at MIT, Northwestern and University of Florida ( and a few others) followed thousands of sets of brothers in Denmark and the state of Florida—two extremely different cultures. The studies found that second born children were more apt to rebel against authority figures in both locations. Actually, second-born boys are 20 to 40 percent more likely to rebel in school and enter the criminal justice system compared to first-born boys, even when we compare siblings. That’s pretty remarkable seeing as how the studies were done in different cultures. Why is this? Authors of the study have theories that this higher risk of delinquency could be due to the fact that second-born children do not receive the one-on-one attention that their older brothers or sisters did. This may be one reason why they act out as a way to get their parents to pay more attention to them.
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