Second born children are more likely to become a criminal — READ WHY?


A new study has declared that a child
who is the second- born in the family
is more likely to be a troublemaker ,
which may make him a criminal in the
long run.
Second - born sons are more likely to be
suspended from school , become
juvenile delinquents and go to prison ,
according to the new study by MIT
economist , Joseph Doyle .
After examining tons of data, Doyle
and colleagues Sanni Breining, David
Figlio , Krzys Karbownik and Jeffrey
Roth found that second- born children ,
particularly sons, have a 25 percent to
40 percent increased likelihood of
being troublemakers at school or with
police when compared to first- born
children in the same family .
The researchers came to this
conclusion after examining thousands
of family data sets of brothers from
both Florida and Denmark , according
to the report .
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 .
Doyle said second- born sons could be
more prone to trouble - making than
older siblings because parents are
often more invested in their first -
born ’s upbringing.
Once a family ’ s second child arrives,
parents tend to be less vigilant , he
said .
“ The firstborn has role models , who
are adults . And the second, later- born
children have role models who are
slightly irrational two- year- olds , you
know, their older siblings ,” Doyle said .
“ Both the parental investments are
different , and the sibling influences
probably contribute to these
differences we see in the labour
market and what we find in
delinquency .
“ It’ s just very difficult to separate
those two things because they happen
at the same time .”
According to the researchers , treating
the second child differently from the
first could have a long - term impact on
their behavioural development .
Although not every family will have a
troublemaker as their second child , the
report suggests that keeping an eye on
their children could be beneficial
overall.
Noting that second- born boys are more
likely to rebel and cause mischief , the
researchers warn that second- born
boys are 20 to 40 per cent more likely
to be disciplined in school and commit
crimes — particularly violent crimes —
compared to first - born boys .
They also typically get less attention
from their mothers than first - borns
did.
The 50 - page report states : “ In addition
to the fact that first- borns experience
undivided attention until the arrival of
the second- born , we discovered that
the arrival of the second- born child
has the potential to extend the early-
childhood parental investment in the
first- born child. ”

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