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Why second-born siblings are more likely to be trouble-makers of the family

Evoke.ie logoEvoke.ie 16/7/2017 Yolanda Zaw

There are many a study that suggests first born children are better at a host of things but what about second-borns? 

What does modern science say about them?

Well, according to a new study, second-born children have an edge on their siblings in one particular area…

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Trouble-making. *insert smirking emoji*

A report from MIT economist Joseph Doyle found that second-borns are more likely to cause mischief. And second-born boys are more likely than girls to be rebels. 

‘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 explained to NPR. 

‘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.’ 

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Doyle examined thousands of sets of brothers in both the U.S. and Europe for the study, finding that first-borns have their parents’ undivided attention but those born later have to compete for their share of devotion.

Because of this, some 25 to 40 percent of second children are more likely to get in serious trouble at school or with the law. Uh oh…

While it doesn’t mean all second children are destined for a life of crime, Kim Kardashian seems to fit the bill of cheeky second-child and certainly Bella seems the wild child compared to Gigi. 

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