Second Born Children Are More Likely To Be Trouble Makers
After recent research claimed that most parents have a favourite child, and it’s usually the eldest, NOW more news for those of us who aren't the first-born after a study revealed that children born second are more likely to be troublemakers than their siblings.
Joseph Doyle, an MIT economist, claims that second-borns “are inclined to be more rebellious than their older siblings,” which means they get involved with more risk-taking behaviour.
"The firstborn has role models, who are adults,” Doyle told NPR.
“And the second, later-born children have role models who are slightly irrational two-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. It's just very difficult to separate those two things because they happen at the same time."
The study also supports the theory among some parents that first-borns usually do better at school, have higher IQs, and earn more money.
Is this true in your family?
Being the second born, I'm afraid I have to agree when it comes me!