In case you need more support for your sibling rivalry, you just got one. New research has claimed that second-born children are more likely than the first-born to become criminals. Whether they have issues with authority at school or delinquency with the law, it seems that second-born children are more likely to be troublesome overall.
The new study, based on findings from researchers at the University of Florida, Northwestern University, and MIT, has based these conclusions on research where the lives of thousands of sets of brothers were examined and observed.
The brothers hailed from the state of Florida as well as Denmark, two countries which differ drastically in terms of cultural behavior, but nevertheless resulted in similar findings.
Although the participants stemmed from different cultures, the study concluded that in both Denmark and Florida, these second-born males were more likely to defy figures of authority than their older siblings. The study says:
“Despite large differences in environments across the two areas, we find remarkably consistent results: In families with two or more children, second-born boys are on the order of 20 to 40 percent more likely to be disciplined in school and enter the criminal justice system compared to first-born boys even when we compare siblings.”
Click the button below to see what's next