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Second-born kids more likely to become criminals, study finds

Second-born kids more likely to become criminals, study finds

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.

Of course, Doyle isn't suggesting that all second-borns are doomed to a life of crime and chaos but rather that the likelihood of a second child getting into trouble is higher by 25 to 40 per cent.

For the study, researchers examined families in both Florida and Denmark.

A recent study found that second-born children are more likely to get in trouble than their siblings.

"I find the results to be remarkable that the second-born children, compared to their older siblings, are much more likely to end up in prison, much more likely to get suspended in school, enter juvenile delinquency".

The explanation? Parents tend to spend more time with their first-born child, giving them undivided attention and engaging in activities such as bedtime stories, arts and crafts and playing instruments, according to Simple Most. The family dynamic can also change as the family grows.

"The first-born has role models, who are adults".

According to Joseph Doyle, an economist and one of the report's authors, it comes down to who the second-born looks up to. "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. It's just very hard to separate those two things because they happen at the same time".

However, it is true that birth order does play a role in how a child develops.